SELECTED: TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
Adapted from an acclaimed Canadian novel by Naomi Fontaine, Kuessipan is the coming-of-age story told through an Indigenous lens of two First Nation girls from a rural Quebec Innu community, Mikuan and Shaniss. The pair have been close friends throughout their childhood years, despite different family backgrounds. But with the end of their teenage years approaching, they clash over differing ambitions. Mikuan, the more studious of the pair, dreams of life beyond their tiny reserve, and embarks on a relationship that puts her at odds with her lifelong companion. As their friendship is put to the test, the 17 year-olds struggle to find their place in the world. Director Myriam Verreault’s debut feature, a poignant study of friendship and community, and the bonds of culture, is full of humour, kindness and heartbreak.