The Powell River Film Festival, now in its 16th year of operation, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. The Film Festival produces an annual event in February dedicated to showcasing the finest current releases. Our official name is the Friends of Film Society of Powell River.
Friday, February 15
7:00 p.m. Edge of the Knife
Director: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Browni
Language:In Haida with English subtitles
Filmed on stunning Haida Gwaii, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s 19th-century epic is a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it’s the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language—which has only 20-odd fluent speakers left—also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema. Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident at sea, Adiits’ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he’s plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, the Haida Wildman. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits’ii grows increasingly feral.