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Mesnak: special Philippine screening

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Feature film produced by Ian Boyd, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Ian will be present for Manila screening.

"While searching for his biological mother, Dave, a young urban aboriginal, returns to the reserve where he was born and dredges up a painful past scarred by secrets and lies. A Shakespearian tragedy firmly anchored in contemporary reality."

MESNAK
Press Excerpts
“Strong performances and a complex script that mixes classic tragedy with a contemporary world of AA meetings and dangerous house parties make this a surprisingly intense debut for director and co-writer Yves Sioui Durand”.
NORMAN WILNER – (IMAGINATIVE FILM FESTIVAL REVIEWS)

“Many of these moving images – like that of a teenage girl running swiftly with the wind through a black spruce forest in an isolated community of Innu in Northern Québec, where the work was filmed – is simply beyond words”.
JULIE FIALA – FRANCO-ONTARIAN ARTIST
“I was deeply affected by Mesnak, the first full length feature film and fully native production about Canada’s North, and a triumph on many levels, en epic contribution to Québec cinema and world”.
ALEX SHOUMATOFF – (THE DISPATCHES)

“Stunning cinematography, which captures the majesty and magic of the boreal forest and its seething, trashing ribbons of river. The cuts to water straining over amber rock or reflecting the passing coniferous treetops silhouetted against the sky, are masterful, as is the footage of Mesnak, the ornery, primordial snapping turtle who plays a central choric role in the tragedy. Also prize worthy is the casting”.
ALEX SHOUMATOFF – (THE DISPATCHES)

“Each actor inhabits his or her role so convincingly and compellingly, the dramatic illusion is so effective that I was unconsciously sucked into it, so much that it took a while to fully return to where I was, Montréal’s Cinema Quartier Latin on a drizzly February evening, and it was only afterwards that it dawned on me that the movie is actually a production of Hamlet, in a different culture, environment and time”.
ALEX SHOUMATOFF – (THE DISPATCHES)

July 17, 2013
7:00 PM

1335Mabini
1335 A. Mabini St.
Ermita, Manila, 1000, Philippines

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