September 5, 2018
Through Black Spruce will be presented as the Friday Night Gala Presentation at the 30th edition of Cinéfest
Through Black Spruce will screen Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm at SilverCity Sudbury. A catered reception, courtesy of The Motely Kitchen, will take place following the screening at McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm St. starting at 9 pm.
Through Black Spruce is directed by Don McKellar and stars Tanaya Beatty, Graham Greene, Kiowa Gordon, Brandon Oakes and Tantoo Cardinal.
Based on the Giller-Award-winning novel, Through Black Spruce is a story of identity and survival set against what is perhaps Canada’s most glaring open wound: decades of unresolved murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls. The disappearance of a young Cree woman triggers events in two worlds: in Moosonee, the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago, and Toronto, where she modelled for a while before vanishing into the ether. Her family is desperate, so her sister Annie Bird (Beatty)–a fiercely-independent hunter who always resented her weaker twin–reluctantly heads south to retrace Suzanne’s steps. She soon finds herself drawn into the glittering “artists and models” scene her sister left behind. Back in Moosonee, her uncle Will (Oakes) is left to cope with the consequences of Suzanne’s disappearance, and comes up against the ghosts of his own private tragedy. The two worlds finally collide when the fallout from the missing woman’s troubled life comes to a head.
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