Montreal, Sept 29th, 2015. – PROSPECTOR FILMS is pleased to announce that THE SAVER will have its Montreal Premiere at the Festival de Nouveau Cinema on Oct. 8th & 18th.
Written, directed and edited by award-winning filmmaker Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge, Stay), THE SAVER is based on the young adult novel by Edeet Ravel.
THE SAVER stars newly discovered Imajyn Cardinal supported by an outstanding ensemble cast including Pascale Bussières (Love Project, La peur de l’eau), Brandon Oakes (Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Arctic Air), Hamidou Savadogo (Diego Star), Alexandre Landry (Gabrielle, TIFF Rising Star), Paul Spence (Fubar, Peepers), Michelle Thrush (Blackstone, Jimmy P), Monia Chokri (Laurence Anyways, Heartbeats) & Pascale Montpetit (Stay, Trauma).
After her mother’s sudden death, 16-year old Fern sets out to fight for life on her own terms – only to learn that she needs community more than money to survive.
THE SAVER is Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s third feature film. After working for years as an in-demand picture editor Wiebke made her directorial debut with MARION BRIDGE, which starred Molly Parker and Ellen Page in her first major role. It won Best First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. Wiebke followed it up with STAY, which also had an excellent cast led by Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) & Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall). STAY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
“We rarely see strong female characters in the cinema, let alone teenaged ones, but in Fern we see somebody who refuses to settle and instead fights for a better life for herself,” said von Carolsfeld.
John Christou (Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Last Woman Standing) and Aisling Chin-Yee (Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Last Woman Standing) are the producers and the creative team at Prospector Films. The film is lensed by cinematographer Stephanie Weber Biron (The Forbiden Room, Heartbeats, J’ai tue ma mere), production is being designed by Louisa Schabas (Felix & Meira, Arcade Fire: Reflector) and post-production by Post-Moderne (Mommy, Rhymes for Young Ghouls).
“We’re thrilled to be making a film with an amazing group of powerhouse women. Wiebke, Aisling, Stephanie, Louisa and the rest of the women working on the film are some of the most talented filmmakers working in Canada today, and to have them all on the same film is special,” said producer John Christou
THE SAVER is financed by Telefilm Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund and SODEC. Distribution is to be handled in Canada by EyeSteelFilm.
About Prospector Films
PROSPECTOR FILMS is a Montreal based film production company specializing in feature films and documentaries. Founded by John Christou in 2008 and joined by Aisling Chin-Yee in 2010, Prospector focuses on developing stories with strong points of view by talented auteurs. Most recent films include Jeff Barnaby’s award winning Rhymes for Young Ghouls, the feature documentary Last Woman Standing and the short film Sound Asleep. The short documentary Synesthesia is currently in post-production.
EYESTEELFILM has been producing award-winning films for over 15 years. As a distribution company, they release 12 to 16 new films every year. Titles include EyeSteelFilm’s own production such as Up The Yangtze, Last Train Home and Inside Lara Roxx, Canadian productions such as Denis Côté’s Que ta joie demeure, Romeo Dallaire’s Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children, and critically acclaimed international titles such as Ida (Oscar 2015 for Best Foreign Film), Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Golden Globe Nominee 2015), Ari Folman’s The Congress, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, or Margatethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt.
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