The Sun at Midnight

An urban teen encounters a mystical hunter in this charming debut feature shot in Canada’s magnificent, remote Northwest Territory.

For teenager Lia (rising star Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs), the only way to truly find herself is to get lost. Lia's father sends the sullen teen to visit her grandmother in a pocket-sized First Nations community in sub-Arctic Canada. With her pink hair, faux fur coat and a dusting of attitude, Lia is immediately a fish out of water. She runs away, stealing a canoe to try and paddle back to the city, but gets lost in the wilds of her ancestral country.

A chance meeting with an older hunter, Alfred (played by Duane Howard, The Revenant) leads to an unusual mentorship. Alfred is obsessed with finding a lost herd of caribou, and Lia joins him on a semi-spiritual journey to find the missing herd – and also herself.

Festival guest: Kirsten Carthew

Suitable for ages 15 and up

In partnership with:

 Canada 150       Government of Canada

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Kirsten Carthew


93 mins


Australian Premiere



Kirsten Carthew

Amos Scott

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Duane Howard, Sarah Charlie-Jerome

World Sales: IndustryWorks Pictures