Restless River premieres in Montreal

Film starring Malaya Qaunirq Chapman and Etua Snowball will show in Kuujjuaq in November

Restless River, set and filmed in Kuujjuaq, will premiere in Montreal on Oct. 12 and in Kuujjuaq in November. On the left is director Marie-Hélène Cousineau, stars Malaya Qaunirq Chapman and Matthew York are in the centre of the photo, and Etua Snowball is walking away. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

By Nunatsiaq News

Restless River, starring Iqaluit-born Malaya Qaunirq Chapman and Kuujjuaq’s Etua Snowball, will have its first screening at the Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal on Saturday, Oct. 12.

A few screenings are planned for Winnipeg around that time as well, followed by regular screening dates in both Winnipeg and Montreal, beginning Oct. 21.

In Kuujjuaq, where the film was set and shot, it will screen in November.

Written and directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, and based on the novel “Windflower” by Gabrielle Roy, Restless River is about a young Inuk woman, played by Qaunirq Chapman, who is assaulted by an American soldier in the 1940s.

It is her story of becoming mother to a young boy, played by Matthew York of Kuujjuaq, and of becoming a woman, strong and independent and on the margins of both tradition and the world of the colonizers.

The film also features Madeline Ivalu, Sammy Kudluk, Taqraliq Partridge, Nick Serino, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, Patrick Hivon, Marka A. Krupa and Geneviève Rioux.

Funding for Restless River was contributed by Téléfilm Canada, SODEC, the Nunavut Film Development Corp. and the Harold Greenberg Fund, along with federal and provincial tax credit programs.

It was created by Arnait Video Productions and distributed in Canada by Isuma Distribution International.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Gale Starratt on

    I am interested in seeing this. Will it be shown in English?

    • Posted by Marie-Helene Cousineau on

      yes, Inuktituk with English subtitles

  2. Posted by Minnie on

    Wow, it is about time we’ll finally will watch this movie which I’ve been waiting for.

    congratulations to the actress and actor, upigusuppunga.

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