On the heels of its world premiere as the opening night film at The Vancouver International Film Festival, MONKEY BEACHm starring Prince George’s Grace Dove, has opened in Vancouver at Cineplex theatres. The long-awaited film adaptation of Eden Robinson’s award-winning novel directed by Loretta S. Todd was just added to the Cineplex line-up and will screen at Cineplex Odeon International Village and Fifth Avenue Cinemas in Vancouver with dates and locations across BC and the country to be added. The film was set to open in Toronto before Ontario theatre closures were announced earlier this week.
Waking up in her East Van apartment, Lisa (Grace Dove) is served notice by her cousin’s ghost (Sera-Lys McArthur), “Your family needs you.” Reunited with her Haisla kin in Kitamaat Village, she realizes that she’s meant to save her brother (Joel Oulette) from a tragic fate she’s foreseen since childhood. Of course, there’s also the matter of contending with the mystical creatures lurking in the nearby woods. And so begins a captivating allegory about learning to coexist with both the ghosts that haunt us and spirits who might enlighten us.
MONKEY BEACH is set in the magnificent forests and waterways of the Pacific Northwest and the Haisla village of Kitamaat andfeatures an all-star cast of Indigenous talent including Grace Dove (The Revenant), Adam Beach (Suicide Squad), Nathaniel Arcand (FBI: Most Wanted), Joel Oulette (Trickster) and more.
“In bringing Eden Robinson’s beloved novel to the screen, Loretta S. Todd offers us a modern epic underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. Todd’s first feature narrative unfolds through a thrilling array of temporal shifts and stylistic flourishes. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds, MONKEY BEACH is also a testament to Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered.” – Vancouver International Film Festival
MONKEY BEACH was produced by Reunion Pacific Entertainment and Mamaoo Productions on location in Kitimat, BC. The film is also screening digitally this month at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct. 22nd), the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Portland Film Festival. It was also just announced that the film will be opening the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and has been nominated for six awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and more.
MONKEY BEACH also features Tina Lameman (Mixed Blessings), Sera-Lys McArthur (Outlander), Stefany Mathias (Longmire), Glen Gould (Cardinal), Ta’kaiya Blaney (Kayak to Klemtu), Nick Dangeli, Zoey Snow, Oliver Tru Sison, Miika Bryce Whiskeyjack (Red Snow), Sam Bob and more.
MONKEY BEACH was made possible with the support of Telefilm Canada, CRAVE, CBC Films, APTN, CAVCO, Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and was Produced in Association with and Special Thanks to the Haisla Nation and the Nechako-Kitimaat Development Society.