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Playing Hard

A scene of warriors preparing for battle, in a realistic video game

Jean-Simon Chartier
2018 | 90 mins
Country of Production: Canada
Countries Featured: Canada, USA
US Premiere | Director in Attendance

Video game makers face enormous pressure to create the next great game as the video game industry has grown into one of the largest in entertainment, surpassing even the mammoth film and music industries. It requires creativity, discipline, and to remain cool under pressure to develop a project into a success. Does this team have what it takes?

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Canada in New York

With generous support provided by the Québec Government Office in New York


Resilience in Motion | In Their Own Words

“Making a film out of real people’s lives is working with their grace and imperfections to tell a story that the public can relate to. In Playing Hard, I hope that the public can vicariously live the resilience of the three main characters through the trials of their professional megaproject, but even more in the struggles of their personal lives. On my end, I draw a lesson in the way they were able to carry on following their own path. If resilience is the art of accepting failure, making Playing Hard has been a construction of my self-resilience. From doubts to loneliness, lack of access or financing, this journey overwhelmed me at the same time that it made me exist.“

– Jean-Simon Chartier | Director, Playing Hard