Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 6Fri, Dec 6, 2013 9:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Section (Film Type):Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature
Release Year:2013
Run Time:86
Production Country:Canada
Premiere Status:Western Canadian
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Executive Producer:Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Susan Avingaq
Zacharuas Kunuk
Producer:Stéphane Rituit
Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Screenplay:Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Cinematographer:Félix Lajeunesse
Alexandre Domingue
Music:Alain Auger
Editor:Glenn Berman
Principal Cast:Lukasi Forrest
Marianne Farley
Travis Kunnuk
Production Company:Arnait Video Productions Inc.
Kunuk Cohn Productions Inc.
Print Source/Distributor:Mongrel Media

Rarely has the physical beauty of the far north during its extended daylight summers been so rapturously captured on film. A rare example of two women co-directing a film together, it is easy to guess which sequences were shot by which party, as the story concerns the meeting of two cultures; one filmmaker is Inuit, while the other is Quebecoise.

A Montreal woman decides it would be a good thing to take her son to Nunavut to meet his extended family, relatives of the late Inuit father he never knew. The expected negative attitude towards his northern relatives is fairly short-lived; the boy is charmed by the warm welcome he receives and takes to such tasks as seal hunting with enthusiasm. He learns about the circumstances of his father’s death and feels that he is coming to understand a part of himself that had heretofore felt unfulfilled. By the end of the trip, he really doesn’t want to return back to so-called civilization.

Co-produced by Kunuk Cohn Productions, the same company that made the breakout hit ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER, this is a gentler story about a 14-year-old’s coming of age, bathed in the golden glow of Nunavut’s midnight sun. It is a uniquely Canadian story, an insight into a threatened way of life.