Opening night to feature Before Tomorrow, winner of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian First Feature Award.
Director: Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Country: Canada (2008)
Language: Inukitut with English subtitles
Running time: 93 minutes
Screening: Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Set in the mid-nineteenth century, Before Tomorrow, based on well-known Danish novelist Jørn Riel’s book Før Morgendagen, tells the story of transition and transformation as a small, remote Inuit community is changed forever by its first contact with white explorers, people about whom they had only heard rumors. Ultimately, the film depicts the physical and spiritual struggles of Ningiuq, a strong woman elder, and her beloved grandson, Maniq, as they find themselves isolated and alone, thinking they are the last people of their kind on earth.
In addition to winning Best Canadian First Feature Award at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Before Tomorrow was also recognized as best film at the 2008 American Indian Film Festival. It was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
See a preview of Before Tomorrow.