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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Spotlight: 2020 Vision
Indigenous Peoples
Women Directors
Family Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:117 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Be For Films
Director:Myriam Verreault
Producer:Félize Frappier
Cinematographer:Nicolas Canniccioni
Screenwriter:Myriam Verreault
Naomi Fontaine
Editor:Amélie Labreche
Myriam Verreault
Sophie Leblond
Composer:Louis-Jean Cormier
Principal Cast:Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao
Yamie Grégoire
Étienne Galloy
Cédrick Ambroise
Caroline Vachon
Mike Innu Papu McKenzie
Douglas Grégoire
Brigitte Poupart


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

In this beautiful coming-of-age story, Shaniss and Mikuan, two young women, both from Quebec’s Innu community, are inseparable. That is, until Mikuan falls in love, not only with writing but with a white man, and nothing will ever be the same.

Living in the small port town of Sept-Îles, Quebec, Shaniss and Mikuan seem to be happy. Mikuan is blessed with a loving family with a hunter- and fisher-father, a hardworking mother, and a hockey-star brother. Shaniss on the other hand comes from a broken home, and though life is often difficult, their close friendship helps them endure. But Mikuan is a talented writer, and when she meets Francis, she begins to see the world as a larger place than just the reserve. Based on the acclaimed novel by Naomi Fontaine, Kuessipan is “is a beautiful, un-sensationalized look at young womanhood, friendship and community.” --NOW Toronto

Director Biography

Myriam Verreault

Myriam Verreault directed numerous short films and was launched into the forefront with her feature film West of Pluto (À l'ouest de Pluton) (2009) which she wrote, directed and edited with Henry Bernadet. Kuessipan (2019) is her second feature.


"Kuessipan is quiet and mesmerizing and tragic and full of hope. It is a triumph, and a privilege to spend time with." - The Globe and Mail (Toronto)