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Eleven year-old Daniel (Danny to his friends), is a latchkey child who often struggles with a feeling of abandonment. His mother died two years earlier, and his father, Marc, is a workaholic who has little time to devote to his son. Thankfully, Danny can count on his buddies Colin and William. With their help, he trains a dog for the next Superdogs competition. This won’t be without its difficulties, among them the hostility of a girl his age, April, whose mother owns the best kennel in town. An adventure rich with unexpected developments and suspense will help rekindle Danny’s enthusiasm and good humour. He will win April’s friendship and resolve the difficulties in his relationship with his father. His efforts will garner the unexpected support of Nadine, a young psychologist with unconventional methods. By the end of the story, he will also give fate a helping hand and help his father to find a new love.

Category Official Competition
Section First Screens
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 105'
Production Year 2004
Nationality Canada, United Kingdom
Directed by André Melançon
Screenplay Pierre Billon, Richard Schlesinger
Script Claude Gagnon
Director of photography Jean Lépine
Editor Matthieu Roy-Décarie
Production Design Amanda Bernstein
Costume Design Ginette Magny
Sound Steve Cook
Music James Seymour Brett
Main cast Matthew Harbour (Damiel)
Patrick Goyette (Marc)
Myriam De Verger (Nadine)
Annie Bovaird (April)
William Phan (Colin)
Wyatt Bowen (William)
Produced by Chantal Lafleur, Rock Demers

daniel and the superdogs regAndré Melançon

Writer, director and actor, André Melançon was born in 1942 in Rouyn-Noranda (Canada), and has earned a reputation for the quality of the children’s films he has directed over the years. He achieved international renown with the features THE DOG WHO STOPPED THE WAR (1984) and BACH AND BROCCOLI (1986), two instalments in the TALES FOR ALL series produced by Productions La Fête. Both films were honoured at numerous film festivals around the world. In 1989 Melançon won the GFF with the film SUMMER OF THE COLT. He has also worked extensively in television, directing several exceptional series, including CHER OLIVIER and CES ENFANTS D’AILLEURS II. His television work also includes a memorable adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s play ALBERTINE EN CINQ TEMPS.

Director’s statement

“Young people react to everything with curiosity and this is very stimulating. We can discover the world through their eyes. As when you look at your town through the eyes of a friend who comes from Africa or Europe. This is the appetite and the curiosity that keeps me alive, that stimulates me”.

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