imagineNATIVE Film Festival


2011, Canada, 96 min, DCP, 18A
French and Innu with English subtitles
Director: Yves Sioui Durand

World Premiere

Presented as part of:
Oct 20 2011, 9:30PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

After receiving a cryptic message from his biological mother, Dave, a young Indigenous man living in Montreal, returns to his reserve for the first time since he was adopted at three years old. Instead of a joyful family reunion, he unearths a painful past scarred by secrets and lies. Despite his ancestral ties to the First Nation, Dave experiences an identity crisis as he struggles to understand his family, his connection to the land and his feelings for Osalic, a young woman destined for tragedy. Yves Sioui Durand’s remarkable debut feature film is a bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set on an Innu community in Quebec, and a courageous portrayal of one man’s journey to understanding. Featuring breakout performances from first-time actors Victor Turgeon and Eve Ringuette.
Originally from Wendake, Quebec, Yves Sioui Durand (Huron-Wendat) is a writer, actor and theatre director. Since 1984, he has developed a unique body of work rooted in Indigenous theatre. In 1985 he co-founded Ondinnok, the first French-language Indigenous theatre company in Quebec. Since then, he has written 15 dramatic plays ___ and has done collaborations with Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Robert Lepage. Mesnak is his first feature film and is based on his 2004 theatrical play Hamlet-Le Malécite.

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