HAIDA-LANGUAGE MYSTERY-THRILLER EDGE OF THE KNIFE NAMED TOP CANADIAN FEATURE FILM

The 19th-century mystery-thriller, from Indigenous directors Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, is billed as the first feature-length film made in the endangered Haida language.

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VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Film Critics Circle has named the Haida-language drama Edge of the Knife best Canadian feature of 2018.

The 19th-century mystery-thriller, from Indigenous directors Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, is billed as the first feature-length film made in the endangered Haida language.

Edge of the Knife took a total of four prizes from the VFCC’s Canadian awards ceremony on Monday, including best director, best B.C. film, and an acting trophy for Tyler York. The film will be screening at Toronto’s Bell Lightbox later in 2019 as a result of being named in TIFF’s top 10 Canadian films of the year.

Roads in February star Arlen Aguayo Stewart also won an acting award, while the film’s director, Katherine Jerkovic, won a prize for an emerging Canadian filmmaker.

Other winners included actors Aaron Read and Kayla Lorette for When the Storm Fades.

Keith Behrman won best screenplay for a Canadian film for Giant Little Ones.

And Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, won best Canadian documentary.

Last month the VFCC, which comprises Vancouver-based writers and critics, named its international award winners.

Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white drama Roma took best picture and best foreign language film.

A scene from Edge of the Knife. (COURTESY OF TIFF)

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