‘All My Puny Sorrows’: Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Amybeth McNulty & Mare Winningham Lead Canadian Drama, Voltage Boards Sales
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Production has commenced in North Bay, Ontario, on feature drama All My Puny Sorrows, starring Alison Pill (Vice), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Amybeth McNulty (Anne With An E) and Oscar-nominee Mare Winningham (News Of The World).
Written and directed by Michael McGowan (Between), adapted from the novel by Canadian author Miriam Toews, the film charts the story of two Mennonite sisters portrayed by Pill and Gadon who have left their strict religious upbringing behind. While one sibling struggles in love and life, the other is a world-famous concert pianist.
Rounding out the cast is Donal Logue (Vikings) and Aly Mawji (Silicon Valley).
Pic is produced by McGowan’s Mulmur Feed Co., along with Sugar Shack Productions’ Patrice Theroux, and Carousel Pictures’ Tyler Levine and Katelyn Cursio.
Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada and Voltage is aboard for world sales.
The film is supported by the Short-Term Compensation Fund, administered by Telefilm Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada. Production financing also came from Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and SIM Post Sound and Picture. Development support was furnished by Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Sarah attended various events during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 24-25). Sarah and her co-stars attended the festival to promote their new film, Black Bear.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 24: Acura Festival Village – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 24: IMDb Studio – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 24: “Black Bear” Premiere – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 24: “Black Bear” Premiere Party at the Audible Speakeasy – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 25: Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 25: TheWrap Studio – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2020 > January 25: “Black Bear” Private Dinner – 2020 Sundance Film Festival
Film Mode Entertainment is selling the film — the feature helming debut of writer-director Emma Higgins — in Cannes.
THR – Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace, True Detective) and Eili Harboe (Thelma, The Wave) are teaming for the Canada/Norway co-production The Northwoods from writer-director Emma Higgins.
The pair will play sisters who return home for the first time since their mother’s tragic passing and reconnect on a trek of the vast Norwegian fjords. When their guide mysteriously disappears, they realize that trying to outrun the horrors of their past is just as futile as escaping what is waiting in the darkness.
The pic will be the debut feature from award-winning director Higgins, who also penned the script. Celebrated for her work in music videos, Higgins most recently earned critical acclaim for her 2018 Juno Award-nominated video for “The Drugs” by the Canadian indie rock band Mother Mother. She also took part in the Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market at the Norwegian International Film Festival with the film project.
The Northwoods is being produced by Dave Hudakoc of levelFILM, Einar Loftesnes of Handmade Films In Norwegian Woods, Daniel Quinn, Jeff Pangman and Evan Landry. Paul Barkin of Alcina Pictures and Clay Epstein of Film Mode Entertainment will serve as executive producers.
The movie will be shot in northern Norway and Canada.
Film Mode Entertainment will introduce the film to buyers in Cannes and will represent it internationally. Film Mode Entertainment and CAA Media Finance are handling U.S. rights; levelFILM will handle Canadian distribution and SF Studios holds Scandinavian rights.
Gadon is repped by CAA and her longtime manager Dani De Lio at Creative Drive Artists. Harboe is also repped by CAA alongside Swedish agency Agentfirman Planthaber/Kildén/Mandic.