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.


CARDINALS
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 84 min, Canada, Dir: Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley

When Valerie Walker (I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING’s Sheila McCarthy, in a towering performance) returns from prison after serving time for killing her neighbor in an apparent drunk-driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on, reconnect with her daughters and reconstruct her life. When the victim’s son shows up at her door, however, it becomes clear that the past will not easily be forgotten. An austere and tautly constructed psychological drama, as well as a thoughtful exploration of the challenges of living with the after-effects of trauma, CARDINALS is an assured directorial debut for Moore and Shipley.


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