2011. Canada. Yves Sioui Durand. 96 min.
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Canada. Directed by Yves Sioui Durand. Screenplay by Durand, Robert Morin, Louis Hamelin, from Durand's play Hamlet-Malcité. With Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles, Eve Ringuette, Marco Collin. In this melodrama from first-time director Durand, Dave, a twenty-something Montreal actor, returns to Kinogamish, the (fictional) First People's reservation in northern Quebec from which he was adopted at the age of three. Was his mother unable to care for him, or did she simply not want him? Dave learns the answer soon after his arrival. Mesnak is as much about ritual, landscape, and nature as it is about the Shakespearean tragedy of modern-day indigenous life in the Territories. Print courtesy of Les Films de l’Isle. In French, Innu; English subtitles. 96 min.