Cosmos (1996 film)

Cosmos is a Canadian drama film, released in 1996.[1] Written and directed by Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin and Denis Villeneuve, the film is an anthology of six short films, one by each of the credited directors, linked by the common character of Cosmos (Igor Ovadis), a Greek immigrant working as a cab driver in Montreal.[1]

Film poster
Directed by
Produced byRoger Frappier
Max Films Productions
Release date
  • 15 November 1996 (1996-11-15)
Running time
100 minutes

The film, made by a collective of then-emerging young directors, was considered an unofficial sequel to Montreal Stories (Montréal vu par...), a 1991 anthology film by six more established filmmakers.[1]

The film was Canada's submission to the 70th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not make the shortlist.[2][3] It was also a shortlisted nominee for Best Motion Picture at the 18th Genie Awards, but lost to The Sweet Hereafter.


  • "Jules et Fanny" (André Turpin) — Fanny (Marie-France Lambert), a lawyer, reunites with Jules (Alexis Martin), her ex-boyfriend who is fascinated by her new breast implants.
  • "Cosmos et agriculture" (Arto Paragamian) — Cosmos and Janvier (Marc Jeanty) chase down two men who have stolen a cab.
  • "Le Technétium" (Denis Villeneuve) — A filmmaker (David La Haye) nervously travels to a scheduled television interview with Nadja (Audrey Benoît).
  • "Aurore et Crépuscule" (Jennifer Alleyn) — After being stood up by her boyfriend on her 20th birthday, Aurore (Sarah-Jeanne Salvy) meets an older man (Gabriel Gascon) who takes her out to play pool.
  • "Boost" (Manon Briand) — Yannie (Marie-Hélène Montpetit) spends the day with Joël (Pascal Contamine), a gay friend anxiously awaiting the results of his HIV test.
  • "L'Individu" (Marie-Julie Dallaire) — A serial killer (Sébastien Joannette) tracks his planned next victim.

See also


  1. "Cosmos: Film collectif". Films du Québec.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. "44 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 November 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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