Restless River premieres in Montreal
Film starring Malaya Qaunirq Chapman and Etua Snowball will show in Kuujjuaq in November
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.