Rémy Couture enjoyed another victory by learning that his short films, now classified by the Régie du Cinéma (QCN), will again find in circulation. But he and his lawyer maintain a bitter taste of the tactics of the Crown in this case.
The works of the make-up artist specializing in horror, Inner Depravity Vol. 1 and Inner Depravity Vol. 2, could not be evaluated by the QCN since they had been seized by the Crown.
“The Crown is downright dismounted with a search warrant to the Régie du Cinéma in order that the Board cannot assess,” explained Rémy Couture in a telephone interview Wednesday. “The fact that they decided to give the side 18 years and more, what it means is legally, you can redistribute the film,” he said.
Short films being included in the extra material of the DVD Art Crime, it had also to be removed shelves of video stores and programming to Illico – otherwise, the production box FunFilm is exposed to salty fines.
Rémy Couture was acquitted last December of three counts of corruption of manners for production, possession and distribution of obscene material that weighed against him.
The artist remembers that “everyone was angry” when the Crown has invested the offices of the Régie du Cinéma, since the main argument of the defence was the artistic value of the short films.
“Imagine if the trial had begun and that I had arrived with a ranking 18 and more saying: look, we are doing a trial on material that is considered obscene, illegal and criminal, but a Government Agency considers that he has an artistic value.” There would be a problem”, he noted.
His lawyer, Véronique Robert, also sharply criticized these seizures, which she described as abusive in telephone interview of. “It was deprived of an important means of defence, she explained. I could argue [the classification of short films to the QCN]. It would have been a piece of evidence. »
During the week of voir dire, whose content was subject to a publication ban until the end of the trial, Mr. Robert had received formal prohibition mentioned the seizure episode.
“The Crown has really threatened that if it came out the history of the Régie du Cinéma jury, they would take me out of the folder”, she said, wondering why prosecutors wanted to play so hard.
Although this chapter is closed – the time for appeal has expired since January 21-, all is not set in the life of Rémy Couture: it must still repay about $13,000 of the approximately $35,000 that he has spent to defend him.
“It is well and good that I’ve won, but I’m not reimbursed. I sold my RRSP, I emptied my bank account, I was dry,”he said at the other end of the wire.
There are however on the profits that will be achieved through a benefit show organized by the comedian Mike Ward, including Guillaume Wagner and Dominic package. The event will take place February 11 at Club Soda.