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Apr 22, 2020

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The film, which has traveled extensively to festivals in Canada and abroad, has won and been nominated for nearly 20 awards, including three Canadian Screen Awards

Award-winning Kuessipan Now Available on iTunes, Vimeo, and Illico

Award-winning feature film Kuessipan, inspired by Naomi Fontaine’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, is currently available on iTunes, Vimeo, and Illico and is one of the titles being featured on National Canadian Film Day on April 22. Directed by Myriam Verreault, (À l'ouest de Pluton), the award-winning Kuessipan is produced by Félize Frappier (Max Films Média) and is distributed in Canada by Filmoption International.

Since making its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Kuessipan has won a number of awards at festivals across Canada and around the world including the Grand Prix at the 2019 Quebec City Film Festival, Special Mention at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival, two Special Mentions at the 2020 Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (International Fiction and Human Rights Jury, Youth Jury), and most recently Best Film at the Aubagne International Film Festival in France. The film is also nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards: Adapted Screenplay (Myriam Verreault, Naomi Fontaine), Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Yamie Grégoire), and Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Douglas Grégoire).

In Kuessipan, Mikuan (Fontaine-Ishpatao) and Shaniss (Grégoire) are two childhood friends from a small Quebec Innu community who begin to realize that they face very different futures. A bittersweet portrait of the ties that bind people, places, and possibilities, Kuessipan was filmed on location in the Innu community of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, as well as in Sept-Îles. The film stars Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao, who was recently awarded a Special Mention for Acting by the Aubagne Film Festival, and Yamie Grégoire, two young Innu women from Uashat, in their first acting roles. Additional cast include Étienne Galloy, Cédrick Ambroise, Caroline Vachon, Mike Innu Papu McKenzie, Douglas Grégoire, Anniss Desterres and Brigitte Poupart.