Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2019
Country: CANADA
Language: French, Innu
Run Time: 117 minutes


Mikuan and Shaniss have been best friends— practically sisters—since they were little girls, growing up on an Innu reserve near northeastern Quebec. While their lives have been intimately intertwined, they have also been drastically different. For instance, after Mikuan brought Shaniss along on her family’s fishing trip, Shaniss asked Mikuan to help move her intoxicated mother from the kitchen floor to the bedroom. Still, the two promise to never be apart and, so far, have kept their word. Now, at 16, Shaniss has a baby with her abusive boyfriend. And Mikuan, taking her first writing workshop outside the reserve, has met a cute Quebecois boy named Francis. Can Mikuan and Shaniss’s friendship sustain the tensions between their close-knit, albeit troubled, community and the prospects of life outside the reserve? Myriam Verreault’s KUESSIPAN—based on Naomi Fontaine’s novel of the same name (meaning “It’s your turn” in Innu) —is a heartrending portrait of the Innu people and a relatable depiction of two teens on the verge of adulthood. (In French and Innu with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Myriam Verreault

Félize Frappier, Sylvie Lacoste, Réginald Vollant

Myriam Verreault, Naomi Fontaine

Nicolas Canniccioni

Amélie Labrèche, Myriam Verreault, Sophie Leblond

Principal Cast
Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao, Yamie Grégoire, Étienne Galloy, Cédrick Ambroise, Caroline Vachon, Mike Innu Papu McKenzie, Douglas Grégoire, Brigitte Poupart

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