The First Winter

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    The First Winter

    Directed by

    • Ryan McKenna

    Canada

    2012

    72 min

    • English
    • Portuguese

    Drama

    A young man in Portugal impregnates a vacationing Canadian and must face the inhospitable prairie landscape and its hopeless denizens when he emigrates to join her.

    Credits

    Cast
    Robert Vilar
    Eve Majzels
    Darcy Fehr
    Alek Rzeszowski
    Screenplay
    Ryan Mckenna
    Cinematography
    Ryan Mckenna
    Production
    RPM PICTURES
    Ryan McKenna

    Ryan McKenna

    Canada

    What I personally find most interesting is simultaneously exploring the humor and sadness of a situation. My sound mixer likes to say of my films: “It’s not not funny.

    Ryan McKenna is based out of Montreal, Canada. He was born in the francophone city of Saint Boniface, and studied history at the University of Winnipeg. His films include the award winning shorts BON VOYAGE (2009), CHINATOWN (2009), and CONTROVERSIES (2014). His debut feature THE FIRST WINTER (2012), sparked the Brutalist Manifesto, which includes a strict rule about including at least one (unfaked) blizzard – a true test of Canadian courage. THE HEART OF MADAME SABALI (2015) is McKenna’s second feature, awarded the Festival du Nouveau Cinema’s Grand Focus Prize.

    Selected Filmography