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MIFF - Opening Gala - The Grizzlies

Thursday August 29, 2019 - Thursday August 29, 2019 7pm

MIFF - Opening Gala - The Grizzlies


Guest:  Anna Lambe, Actress
Her debut role as “Spring” garnered her a nomination at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Grizzlies

Awards: 4 wins & 5 nominations
Directed By: Miranda de Pencier
Language: Inuktitut / English
Country: Canada
Rating: 14A  
Runs: 102 minutes

In the early 2000s, the remote Arctic town of Kugluktuk was making headlines, but for a tragic reason: the tiny Inuit community had one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world. Growing up with the dark legacy of abuse, poverty and addiction, and with few prospects, the teens' desperation was chronic — until a teacher introduced them to the sport of lacrosse. Not only did the sport transform them: it transformed their entire community. Before long, the teen suicide rate had fallen to zero. Based on a true story.

“It's a fascinating puzzle: a film that is simultaneously an indictment of the toxic legacy of cultural imperialism and a weepie that employs the familiar tropes of Hollywood, one of the biggest machines of cultural imperialism on the planet.” Simon Houpt, Globe & Mail

“Bracingly unsentimental and transcendently moving at the same time.” Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

Student Film at 7:00pm, Jak's Story
by: Camryn Ruthven


Tonight's Film Sponsors:
Gardhouse Financial Counsel  &  Municipality of Meaford

1 Matinee Film  $15 per person
All 4 Matinee Files  $50 per person
1 Film & *Party  $35 per person
All 4 Films & *Parties  $120 per person
1 MIFF Dinner $50  
All 4 Dinners $180 per person

*Your Evening Film includes the "After Party" with a complimentary drink, Chef inspired appetizers, who's who mingling, popcorn, coffee & a chance to win the Trivia Quiz prize, all in the MIFF Festival tent.

Presented by Meaford Culture Foundation