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Film Festival 09 - Before Tomorrow

Before Tomorrow

Canada 2008, 93m
Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu
Festivals: Toronto, Pusan 2008; Sundance 2009

Before Tomorrow is the first feature from the Arnait Video Collective, a group dedicated to honouring 'the unique knowledge and perspectives of Inuit women'. Covering the final months in the life of the canny old Ningiuq (co-director Madeline Piujuq Ivalu) as she nurses her ailing friend and calmly prepares her 10-year-old grandson to face an arduous winter and the responsibilities of manhood, it's a devastatingly moving reclamation of imperiled culture. Superbly shot in Canada's icy North, the action unfolds ca. 1840 as the Inuits hear the first reports of white foreigners. - BG. "A profound, elemental and hauntingly beautiful period drama that makes an intimate story of endurance into a metaphor for an entire culture... the deceptively simple script brilliantly reflects the cultural and spiritual values of the Inuits. In particular, the traditional stories Ningiuq tells her grandson take on a heart-rending resonance." - Alissa Simon, Variety

In Inuktitut with English subtitles