PORCUPINE LAKE

Sat. Sept. 8 at 4pm
Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery
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2017
84 minutes
Dir. Ingrid Veninger

During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls. Inventive and daring, Veninger explores the vulnerability of being thirteen with insight and humour. Through an intimate and authentic portrait of Bea’s awakening into selfhood, this story invites us to imagine a new model for a young girl’s first love story — one told from the inside out.

Ingrid Veninger is one of Canada’s most versatile film artists. Writer, director, actor, producer, Veninger has made six feature films, several shorts, and has collaborated with other artists such as Atom Egoyan, Peter Mettler, and Charles Officer. She is also the subject of a 2012 Canadian Film Institute publication, Intimacies: The Cinema of Ingrid Veninger.

Tish Chambers