Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 84 minutes


Valerie has just been released from prison after serving time for a drunk driving accident that took the life of her neighbor. She’s clearly been hardened by her stint behind bars. There’s tension with husband and daughters, thanks to her stubborn refusal to discuss anything that’s happened. Besides some awkwardness, though, the avoidance plan actually seems to be working. That is, until her neighbor’s son Mark shows up looking for answers. He isn’t quite convinced by the account of what happened on the night of his dad’s death. He begins snooping on Valerie, digging for any dirt he can find. Defensive and paranoid, she goes to great lengths to cover her tracks and protect her family. However, Mark is not the type to give up easily. In CARDINALS, Sheila McCarthy gives a powerful performance as the rough and enigmatic Valerie, a woman who is seemingly always in a foggy state of unease. In this suspenseful, psychological thriller, the past is never far behind. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:40 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:10 PM

World Tour

International Narrative Competition

Director Director

Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley

Grayson Moore was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He studied film production at Ryerson University. Aidan Shipley is a Toronto-based filmmaker from Stratford, Ontario. After acting in Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive” he went on to study directing at Ryerson University.


Kristy Neville, Marianna Margaret

Jackson Parrell

Daniel Haack

Principal Cast
Sheila McCarthy, Noah Reid, Grace Glowicki, Peter MacNeill, Katie Boland

Print Source

Film Sponsor

Government of Canada

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