Amy Jo Johnson’s Second feature Tammy’s Always Dying Premieres at TIFF

Contemporary World Cinema section hosted the premiere for the Felicity Huffman and Anastasia Phillips-starrer Tammy’s Always Dying, the sophomore feature from past Talent to Watch recipient Amy Jo Johnson (The Space Between, 2017)

Tammy’s Always Dying, a dark comedy based on a script by Joanne Sarazen, sees Huffman play Tammy, a charismatic, yet self-destructive mother to 35-year-old Catherine, played by Phillips. Catherine is forced to take on the role of caregiver when Tammy is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“As an emerging female filmmaker, I am forever grateful to the Talent Fund and the generosity of the people behind it. The Space Between, my debut feature film, was made possible because of this program.” –– Amy Jo Johnson 

 

Production underway on Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly

Pascal Plante gained recognition for his 2017 debut narrative feature, the Talent Fund-supported Les faux tatouages (Fake Tattoos). The film won the Grand Prix Focus Québec/Canada at the 2017 Festival du nouveau cinéma and was selected at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

The Quebec director is currently shooting his second feature, Nadia, Butterfly, which looks at the world of competitive swimming and the challenges athletes face when they retire from their sport. The film features former competitive swimmers in key roles, including Olympian Katerine Savard as the lead.

Filming continues in Montréal and Tokyo until the beginning of October. Nadia, Butterfly will open in theatres in summer 2020, just ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Read more in this article (in French only). 

 

Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s Rustic Oracle will have its World Premiere at VIFF 2019

Rustic Oracle, the latest from filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau, will begin its festival tour with a World Premiere at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival in the True North program. It will then screen at ImagineNATIVE 2019 and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.