The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will be honouring one of Canada’s most prolific stars on Thursday (November 29).
Tantoo Cardinal—who is of Métis descent from Alberta, is currently based in Toronto, and has been previously based in Vancouver—has portrayed characters on screen and stage in Canada and the U.S. for almost five decades.
Among her credits are such notable feature films as Loyalties, Smoke Signals, Black Robe, Legends of the Fall, and Dances With Wolves, and Canadian TV series such as North of 60, Arctic Air, and Mohawk Girls.
She has starred in several of Vancouver filmmaker Carl Besssai’s feature films, including Unnatural and Accidental, Mothers and Daughters, and Fathers and Sons.
Cardinal also has roles in the forthcoming releases Through Black Spruce, Don McKellar’s cinematic adaptation of Joseph Boyden’s novel, and The Grizzlies, Miranda de Pencier’s drama about a group of Inuit students whose lives change after being introduced to lacrosse.
The Toronto Film Critics Association announced on November 6 that Cardinal will receive the 2018 Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, which will enable her to give $50,000 in film services to a filmmaker of her choice.
The WFF will feature Cardinal on stage at the Maury Young Arts Centre (4335 Blackcomb Way, 4 p.m. on November 29) in an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos to cover a variety of topics, including her career, environmental activism, and the depiction of Indigenous women on screen.