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NOTHING SPECIAL tells the story of three siblings from the perspective of the youngest, Ben, who has drifted apart from Jackie and Mark over time. In an attempt to mend troubled fraternal bonds, Ben makes a decision to help his siblings out of a difficult situation, which comes at great personal cost for all involved, and sends the trio spiraling down a path of petty criminality. Shot on a shoestring budget with a tiny crew in the span of 10 days, this Point-Saint-Charles-set crime story explores themes of brotherhood, storytelling and the subjectivity of memory, against the backdrop of one of Montreal’s most iconic working-class neighborhoods. Existing between mockumentary and fiction, NOTHING SPECIAL is a personal story of the choices we make and the price we pay for them.

Cast: Nick Houde, Christian Daoust, Julien Houde.

Filmmaker Paul Ballerini will attend the world premiere screening of the film.

Director's Biography:

Paul Ballerini is a young filmmaker from Montreal. NOTHING SPECIAL is his first feature, following documentary shorts FORGOTTEN MAN (2016) for which he won the Susan Schouten Documentary Film Award at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University) and COTTEN (2015), selected at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois (RVCQ).
Paul Ballerini
Paul Ballerini
72 Minutes
Montreal, Canada
Watch the Trailer
1/27/19 3:15pm at Cité des Arts
premiere v4
contributing 2019 2
international 2019 3