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A world premiere selection at TIFF 2005 and winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance in ’06, the debut feature by Vancouver writer-director Julia Kwan is an intimate, affecting, and all-too-rare look at first-generation immigrant life in Canada. Imaginative and impressionable young sisters Eve (Phoebe Jojo Kut) and Karena (Hollie Lo) surprise their not-particularly-devout Buddhist parents when they suddenly develop a keen interest in religion. While the older Karena takes to Catholicism with a fervour that would make a novitiate proud, the more idiosyncratic Eve views belief as a world of wonder and play. Developing her own personal belief system out of a fusion of Buddhism and Catholicism, Eve determines to attract some divine intervention after the family undergoes a series of misfortunes. “One of the most enchanting and memorable films made in this country” (Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail).
Programmed by TIFF’s Asian Heritage Month Staff Advisory Committee
Official Selection, 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, 2006 Sundance Film Festival
Content advisories: bullying, mature themes, coarse language
TIFF’s Asian Heritage Month programme is made possible thanks to the generous assistance of: Blockchain Venture Capital Inc., Andy Chan, Elegant Financial Inc., Sharifa Khan/Balmoral Marketing, Alan Kwong, Ben Leung, Irwin Li, Nobis Inc. and Justin Poy.