Myriam VerreaultCanada – 2019

Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they’re about to turn 17, their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that’s now too small for her dreams.

Original Title Kuessipan
German Title Kuessipan
French Title Kuessipan
Other Titles Kuessipan
Directed by Myriam Verreault
Country Canada
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Myriam Verreault, Naomi Fontaine
Film Editing Amélie Labreche, Myriam Verreault, Sophie Leblond
Soundtrack Louis-Jean Cormier
Cinematography Nicolas Canniccioni
Sound Frédéric Cloutier, Stephen De Oliveira
Décors Joëlle Péloquin
Costumes Marjolayne Desrosiers, Laurie-Anne Viens
Production Félize Frappier, Réginald Vollant, Sylvie Lacoste
Runtime 117 Min.
Language Französisch, Innu/d/f
Yamie Grégoire Shaniss Jourdain
Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao Mikuan Vollant
Mike Innu Papu McKenzie Claude Vollant
Étienne Galloy Francis
Cédrick Ambroise Metshu Vollant
Caroline Vachon Louise Vollant
Douglas Grégoire Greg
Brigitte Poupart Mikuans Lehrerin

Quebec Film Festival
Grand Prize

Nashville Film Festival
Narrative Feature Award

Molodist Kyiv Film Festival
Grand Prize
Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury

Canadian Film Festival Dieppe
Public Prize
Prize Revelation Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao
Prize of the City of Dieppe

Aubagne International Film Festival
Winner Best Feature Film

Human Rights Film Festival Geneva
Special Mention Human Rights Jury & Youth Jury

Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
Gilles-Carle Prize: Best First or Second Feature
Jacques-Marcotte Prize: Best Screenplay

Annonay Film Festival
Special Jury Prize

Göteborg Film Festival
Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, Special Mention

Best Canadian Film Prize

Namur Film Festival
Jury Special Mention

«Mit Emotion und Schönheit hat Myriam Verreault den Roman von Naomi Fontaine frei verfilmt.» Radio Canada

«Die Stimme der Schriftstellerin erklingt durch den ganzen Film hindurch.» Le Devoir

«Wunderschön und wichtig.» Journal de Québec

«Ein notwendiger Film.» Le Petit Septième

«With resilient, strong and often very funny characters.» Cinéflic

«Of great beauty.» Le Soleil

«Kuessipan imposes itself as an impossible to miss piece of work.» Voir

«Tender coming of age story in Innu community.» CBC  

«Kuessipan is a beautiful, un-sensationalized look at young womanhood, friendship and community.» Now Toronto

«Key to Kuessipan’s power is a knockout down-to-earth performance by Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao as Mikuan.» That Self

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