Kuessipan

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    Kuessipan

    Directed by

    Canada

    2019

    117 min

    • French

    Drama

    Adapted from Naomi Fontaine's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Kuessipan follows two girls growing up as best friends in a Quebec Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family and is destined for a promising life outside of her hometown, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other they'd stick together no matter what. But as they grow older, issues of race and class boil to the surface and Shaniss begins to feel abandoned when Mikuan falls for a white boy and starts to dream of a life beyond the one they know.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Mention (Official Competition) - FIFF Namur

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao
    Yamie Grégoire
    Étienne Galloy
    Cédrick Ambroise
    Caroline Vachon
    Mike Innu Papu McKenzie
    Douglas Grégoire
    Brigitte Poupart
    Screenplay
    Myriam Verreault
    Naomi Fontaine
    Cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
    Editing
    Amélie Labrèche
    Myriam Verreault
    Sophie Leblond
    Production
    MAX FILMS MEDIA INC.
    Sales
    BE FOR FILMS

    Press

    Kuessipan is quiet and mesmerizing and tragic and full of hope. It is a triumph, and a privilege to spend time with.

    Anne T. Donahue, Globe and Mail

    Myriam Verreault

    Myriam Verreault

    Canada

    In 2008, after studying radio journalism, history and cinema, Myriam Verreault scripted, co-directed, produced, and edited her first feature, WEST OF PLUTO. The film had its world premiere as the opening film of the Tiger Award competition at Rotterdam 2009 and went on to screen at some fifty festivals around the world, winning numerous prizes. Since then, she has directed several interactive works for the National Film Board of Canada. She also edited QUÉBÉKOISIE a feature documentary that explores cultural legacy of Quebec’s First Nations. KUESSIPAN (2019) world-premiered in the Discovery section of the Toronto IFF.

    Selected Filmography