MOUTHPIECE
2018, 91 min, Canada, Dir: Patricia Rozema

Faced with the sudden death of her mother and wrestling with the responsibility of delivering the eulogy, aspiring writer Cassandra finds solace in her imagination and in her memory, which rapidly become indistinguishable. As the funeral service approaches, Cassandra’s conflicted, complex reflections on her mother intensify and push her life in new and unexpected directions. Moving back and forth in time, the film’s multifaceted narrative probes the intimacies and emotional complexities of how we remember, what we remember and why we remember. Based on the award-winning play staged to acclaim at UCLA last month (playwrights Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken co-star in the film as two “versions” of Cassandra), MOUTHPIECE is an inventive, engaging narrative of personal rebirth from the acclaimed director of I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING, MANSFIELD PARK and INTO THE FOREST. "A thoughtful interrogation of modern womanhood, leavened by gallows humour." - Scott Tobias, Variety.


FIRECRACKERS
2018, 93 min, Canada, Dir: Jasmin Mozaffari

In this remarkable debut from writer-director Jasmin Mozaffari, best friends Lou (Michaela Kurimsky) and Chantal (Karena Evans) dream of abandoning their dreary small town in search of greater opportunity in a big city far away. What stands in their way is Chantal's abusive ex-boyfriend, whose shocking actions incite the girls' need to rebel and exact revenge. But in this male-dominated environment, such revenge comes at a great price. Inspired by traumatic experiences in Mozaffari's youth, FIRECRACKERS is an authentic story of female empowerment, told through a refreshingly unique stylistic approach. "FIRECRACKERS is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail.


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