Montreal, March 17th, 2015. – PROSPECTOR FILMS is pleased to announce that principal photography commenced this week on the feature drama THE SAVER. Filming will run from March 16th to April 23rd, 2015 in Montreal. Release is slated for 2016.
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), Paul Spence (Fubar, Peepers), Alexandre Landry (Gabrielle, TIFF Rising Star), Michelle Thrush (Blackstone, Jimmy P), Monia Chokri (Laurence Anyways, Heartbeats) & Pascale Montpetit (Stay, Trauma).
THE SAVER tells the story of Fern, a teenaged girl who finds herself orphaned in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter. Determined to avoid her mother’s tragic fate, Fern sets out to build a new life for herself. When Youth Protection comes looking, she bolts. At one of her mother’s cleaning jobs, she finds the book 50 Ways to become a Millionaire. ‘All you need to do is save,’ it promises. Fern decides to do just that, replacing her grief with the quest to become a millionaire.
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.