The Legend of Sarila

Poster for The Legend of Sarila

Winter 2014 Special Presentations series

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Nancy Florence Savard

Screenplay by Roger Harvey, Paul Risacher, and Pierre Tremblay

Starring , Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Dustin Milligan, and Geneviève Bujold

Rated G · 1h 20m

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The Legend of Sarila

The Opening Night film at the 2013 TIFF Kids International Film Festival, The Legend of Sarila is the first feature film from director Nancy Florence Savard. An expansive, marvelously visual adventure about three youths living in the Arctic, it is a film that will speak to audiences of all ages.

Life on the tundra can be harsh and challenging at the best of times. But when all the animals in the area suddenly disappear, leaving the hunters empty-handed and the community on the brink of famine, the brave youth Markussi realizes that drastic measures are required. In defiance of the clan shaman Croolik, Markussi sets out with his friends Putulik and Apik and their adorable lemming sidekick Kimi in search of the legendary land of Sarila, which is said to be rich in fish, game and fruit. Pursued by the jealous shaman and confronted with numerous dangers, the intrepid trio must bravely restore the natural balance of the environment in order to save their community from starvation.

An action-packed adventure not to be missed, with voice performances from celebrated Canadian actors Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station), Geneviève Bujold (Still Mine, The Trotsky), Rachelle Lefevre (Barney’s Version), Juno Award-winning Québec singer Elisapie Isaac, who also composed the original songs and Natar Ungaluq (Atanarjuat: The Fast RunnerThe Legend of Sarila testifies to the power of hope, the strength of friendship, and the value of traditional culture.

The Legend of Sarila has thrills and laughs, adventure and mysticism, and a poignant, relevant morale about working for the greater good of the community.” (Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer)