Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Canada | 2017 | 90 min | English | Dramatic Feature | Toronto Premiere
Thu Oct 18 12:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
During the copper rush of 1845, Angelique, a young Anishinaabe woman (Julia Jones), and her voyageur husband Charlie are abandoned on Lake Superior's Isle Royale by a corrupt copper hunter. The newlywed couple have been left with few provisions and as the winter sets in they begin to starve. With Charlie beginning to demonstrate strange behaviour, Angelique - a devout Christian - struggles with her faith and must rely on the teachings she received from her grandmother in order to survive the harsh winter. Angelique’s Isle is a harrowing tale of perseverance and a testament to the resilience and strength of Indigenous women. Based on the true story of Angelique Mott.
Michelle Derosier is from Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation) in northwestern Ontario. She wrote and directed the short animated film Grandfather Drum (2015), which was an official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She is co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures Inc and co-founded Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival in Thunder Bay.
Originally from Quebec, Marie-Hélène Cousineau moved to Igloolik where she became a co-founder of the filmmaking collective Arnait Video Productions. Her most noted film is Before Tomorrow for which she and co-director Madeline Ivalu were nominated in the Best Director category at the 2010 Genie Awards.