A docu-fiction film starring Rio-bound Charles Philibert-Thiboutot is available for viewing on all Air Canada flights this summer. The film, entitled The Middle Distance, can be found in the “franco-cinema” section as part of the airline’s inflight entertainment system.
David Findlay, the director, told Canadian Running that the film will be available for showing until the end of September after debuting on flights in June. Philibert-Thiboutot, 25, is the Canadian 1,500m champion and will represent Canada at his first Olympics this summer in Rio.
“After the death of his friend, Charles must choose between attending his friend’s funeral or running an important race,” reads the movie’s description.
The docu-fiction film, a mix between a documentary and fictional work, is in French with English subtitles. Philibert-Thiboutot helped co-write the film as per the credits. The film uses segments of footage from previous national championships as well as documentary-specific footage shot with Philibert-Thiboutot, who’s commonly referred to as Chuck PT.
Using past footage of his races gives the film additional insight into his journey from a university-level runner to one of Canada’s top talents. He fulfilled his goal of qualifying for the Olympics thanks to his performance in Edmonton last week at nationals.
The Middle Distance is eight minutes in length and is available for viewing on domestic and international flights. Franco-cinema is one of eight categories of movies on Air Canada’s enRoute entertainment system.
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The Laval University graduate ran at the Monaco Diamond League in the 1,500m recently running 0.01 seconds off his personal best. His time of 3:34.24 is the fastest time for a Canadian in 2016. For those looking forward to the Olympics, the film is a great way to get excited for the Games.
Air Canada offers flights to Rio this summer but will be cutting service after August citing low demand for the South American destination. The airline is Canada’s largest and the country’s flagship carrier.