D FILMS Presents Carmen LIVE via Satellite from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

on October 13th at 2 PM ET/11 AM PST

in Toronto: AMC Yonge and Dundas

and in Montreal: AMC Forum

October 7, 2010 – – D FILMS in partnership with Emerging Pictures to showcase the Opera in Cinema series: exceptional European opera presented in HD and surround sound. Ballets and Shakespeare plays will also be featured.

Carmen has been seducing opera fans for more than a century. A new production, based on the one Calixto Bieito created for the Peralada Festival, will be presented live on October 13 at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time from Spain’s historic Gran Teatre del Liceu, the hometown theatre for such Catalan artists as Conchita Supervia, Montserrat Caballé, and Jose Carreras.

Carmen has given rise to numerous adaptations and owes it greatness to its innovative conception, well-crafted plot and brilliant melodic, harmonic and instrumental inventiveness. It relates the clash between a gypsy who passionately defends her personal sense of freedom and a Navarrese soldier with a possessive, traditionally male mentality. Their relationship unleashes a tragedy that extends far beyond the setting.

View Trailer: CLICK HERE

Conductor: Marc Piollet

Director: Calixto Bieito


Don José: Roberto Alagna

Escamillo: Erwin Schrott

Carmen: Béatrice Uria-Monzon

Micaëla: Marina Poplavskaya

Frasquita: Eliana Bayón

Mercédès: Itxaro Mentxaka

Le Dancaire: Marc Canturri

Le Remendado: Francisco Vas

Moralès: Alex Sanmartí

Zuñiga: Josep Ribot

Distributor: D FILMS

Release Date: 13/10/2010

Run time: 140 minutes plus one intermission

D FILMS, in partnership with New York-based Emerging Pictures, will be presenting stunning HD presentations of operas, ballets, and Shakespeare plays from the world over, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the Royal Opera House in London. The Opera in Cinema series features productions of operatic masterpieces such as Aida and La Traviata, starring internationally celebrated singers such as Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Angela Gheorghiu, Juan Diego Flórez, Ewa Podleś and René Pape.

D Films will make available a wide range of digital content previously unseen in Canada, including specialized content such as operas, ballets, concerts and live theatre, all presented in crystal-clear High-Definition and surround sound.

Performances from Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, the Paris Ballet, and the ballet company of the Royal Opera House will also be broadcast LIVE or near live. Classics such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake will be screened, along with rare gems such as The Flames of Paris. Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre will be screened quarterly.


Founded in May 2009 by President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Sherry, D FILMS is a full service marketing and motion picture distribution boutique that acquires exclusive, long term rights to filmed entertainment across all media platforms, including theatrical, television, home entertainment and Internet. In addition to holding an exclusive long-term, multi-picture output deal with leading UK Sales and distribution company, the Icon UK group, D FILMS has acquired exclusive, long term rights to 12 additional independently produced motion pictures, including the eagerly awaited feature Monsters, which is scheduled for national release on November 12, 2010.

D FILMS is a strong supporter of the Canadian film industry, with plans to distribute approximately two indigenously produced feature films annually, beginning with Winnie, the biographical drama starring Oscar® winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and Academy® Award nominee Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela, to be released in early 2011.

D FILMS’ offices are located in Toronto’s Distillery District, a historic and entertainment precinct located east of Downtown Toronto. The 13-acre district comprises more than 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in North America.