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Directed by
Caroline Monnet

Status . Post-Production

Country . Canada

Original Title . Bootlegger

Year . 2021

Language . French with some Anishinaabemowin

Domestic Release . MK2 Mile End

Genre . Drama

Runtime .


Today. Northern Quebec at the beginning of winter.

Mani, an ambitious lawyer in her 20s, returns to her remote Indigenous community and realizes that many outdated paternalistic laws are still in force. In hopes of emancipating her people, she proposes a radical referendum to end the prohibition of alcohol. This is catastrophic for Laura, a 45-year-old bootlegger who has been smuggling illegal alcohol onto the reserve for years.

Mani’s and Laura’s opposing forces quickly divide the community into two clans who must come face to face to determine the best path to independence.


Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before and installation, her work seeks to communicate complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. She is based in Montréal.

Monnet’s short films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto International Film Festival ( Ikwé, Warchild, Creatura Dada, Emptying the Tank ), Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (Gephyrophobia) and Sundance Film Festival ( Mobilize). She won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. She was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards: Best Short Drama for Roberta and Best Short Documentary Tshieutin. She is currently developing with Microclimat Films her first feature film entitled Bootlegger, selected for both CineMart and Berlinale Co-Production Market 2016. The project won

Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, an award granted by Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) and Cinéfondation.


Devery Jacobs (The Order Netflix TV Series, American Gods TV Series)
Pascale Bussières (The Demons, Ville-Marie)

Nicolas Canniccioni (Gerontophilia, Genesis)

Produced by Catherine Chagnon for Microclimat Films (The Seven Last Words)

Executive produced by Pierre Even (War Witch, C.R.A.Z.Y)