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NEWS: Nunavut August 14, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Shooting begins next week for Iqaluit, the movie

Film to star Natar Ungalaaq and newcomer Christine Tootoo

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Natar Ungalaaq, who starred in Benoit Pilon's 2008 film The Necessities of Life, will now star in Pilon's next film, called Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Natar Ungalaaq, who starred in Benoit Pilon's 2008 film The Necessities of Life, will now star in Pilon's next film, called Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Rankin Inlet's Christine Tootoo, pictured here while studying at Nunavut Sivuniksavut in 2013, will star in the new film Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Rankin Inlet's Christine Tootoo, pictured here while studying at Nunavut Sivuniksavut in 2013, will star in the new film Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)

Shooting begins this week for the new film called Iqaluit, a drama about a transient construction worker based in Nunavut’s capital.

The film is directed by Quebec screenwriter Benoit Pilon, best-known in Nunavut for his 2008 feature film The Necessities of Life, starring Nunavummiut actor Natar Ungalaaq.

Ungalaaq will also star in Pilon’s latest film, alongside newcomer Christine Tootoo of Rankin Inlet and well-known Quebec actors Marie-Josée Croze and François Papineau.

Carmen, a southerner, comes north to be with her injured husband, Gilles, whose job as a construction worker requires that he spend half the year away from her, working in Iqaluit.

Gilles eventually succumbs to his injuries and Carmen is left to pick up the pieces and in so doing, discovers her husband’s secret life.

To dig deeper, she enlists the help of Gilles’ Inuk friend, Noah, who himself is closely connected to her drama.

The new film, produced by ACPAV of Montreal and Nunavut’s own Piksuk Media, will be filmed over the next six weeks at various locations around Iqaluit.

Pilon was hoping to get access to shoot at locations like the Qikiqtani General Hospital, the Storehouse Pub and the Iqaluit airport.

Iqaluit will be filmed in Inuktitut, French and English, with plans to open across Canada sometime in 2016.

Filmmakers are also looking for Iqalungmiut — Inuit and non-Inuit — to serve as paid extras in different scenes of the film, to be shot between Aug. 20 and Sept. 25.

Those interested should send their contact information, age and a photo to casting.iqaluit.the.movie@gmail.com or check out the film’s Facebook page.

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