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NEWS: Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Iqaluit-based film wows international audience

Two Lovers and a Bear premieres at Cannes May 18

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A scene from two Lovers and a Bear, which was shot in part in Iqaluit last year. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CANNES FILM FESTIVAL)
A scene from two Lovers and a Bear, which was shot in part in Iqaluit last year. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CANNES FILM FESTIVAL)

Nunavut’s winter landscape shone on the international stage May 18, when the Iqaluit-filmed Two Lovers and Bear premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The story, written and directed by Montreal’s Kim Nguyen, stars Tatiana Maslany (best known for the television series Orphan Black) and Dane DeHaan trying to make life and love work in the small and remote Arctic community they live in.

Parts of Two Lovers and a Bear were shot in Iqaluit and Apex in 2015.

The film also incorporates some fantasy in the form of a talking polar bear, voiced by Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.

Two Lovers and a Bear packed the festival’s Quizanne — Director’s Fortnight event for its May 18 premiere, and following its screening, drew a five-minute standing ovation, cast and crew members said.

Among the cast and crew in Cannes this week; the film’s Nunavut co-producer Ellen Hamilton and Nunavut actors Johnny Issaluk, Jenny Soucie and Anubha Momin.

The film is scheduled for a Canadian release in Iqaluit this summer.

 

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