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EDGE OF THE KNIFE / Sgaawaay K'uuna

EDGE OF THE KNIFE / Sgaawaay K'uuna

Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown · Canada · 2018 · 100 mins · 14A · Haida with English subtitles
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"A stunning cinematic achievement and a spellbinding tale of pride, tragedy, and remorse set in Haida Gwaii." --Cinema Politica Shot on Haida Gwaii, this 19th-century epic is both a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it’s the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language—which has only 20-odd fluent speakers left—also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema. Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident, Adiits’ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he’s plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixid, the Haida Wildman. A riveting tale of survival and forgiveness unfolds.

--Vancouver International Film Festival  

"Tyler York delivers a performance that goes from restless and raw to tragic and ferocious… [This is] a film stacked with stunning imagery, where the natural and mythical get tangled. Edge of the Knife begins by mourning for a lost future. But in telling this story it finds hope yet."—NOW Magazine
"As mythic as Edge of the Knife can be, it never fails to exist on a basic human scale, where every life is sacred and no one is beyond redemption." Cinema Scope
"What really sticks is the reconstructed slices of everyday life, with woven clothes and sleek carvings appearing strikingly modern in this arboreal context." Georgia Straight
Cast Curtis Brown, Diane Brown, Greg Brown
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