The subject of much acclaim and many awards at festivals such as TIFF, FIN Atlantic and Slamdance, this debut film by Halifax’s Heather Young blurs the line between feature and documentary in ways that are often startling and deeply moving. First-time actor Shan MacDonald gives an extraordinary performance as Donna, a Dartmouth woman who initially thrives in the new job she gets at an animal shelter as part of a probationary sentence. But Donna’s deeper troubles and longings are soon made all too clear by her increasingly questionable decisions. Using a quiet, subtle directorial style, Young relates her character’s story via a series of small moments that accumulate great emotional power.
Heather Young is a Canadian filmmaker originally from New Brunswick now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating from the University of New Brunswick and NSCAD University she made several short films. FISH (2016) and MILK (2017) played at festivals all over the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest, Vienna Independent Shorts, the Maryland Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and TIFF Canada’s Top Ten. MILK won Best Short Film (Canada) at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal. Her first feature MURMUR (2019) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme. Heather is also a programmer for the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.
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