06. March 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 8 – Stay (director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 8 is the film Stay (2013) by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

Aiden Quinn and Taylor Shilling play lovers who reach a crossroads in their lives and in the lives of people connected to them when they finds out she’s pregnant in the feature film Stay by director Wiebke von Carolsfeld.  The film is shot on location in Montreal and Ireland.

Carolsfeld is a Montreal-based director who was born in Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1989 to become a book editor. She had trouble finding work and did all kinds of temporary gigs to make ends meet.  She watched a friend edit a film and was inspired to try her hand at telling stories through film.

“I started doing a lot of crappy jobs — because as an immigrant, you can’t really get work in your designated field. You end up cleaning toilets, and that was fine, but I thought if I have to start from scratch, I might as well do something I’m interested in, so I applied for film school at Ryerson,” she says in an interview with Katherine Monk, Film Critic Vancouver Sun

Even though she had degrees in Medieval History and Literature from German universities her application was rejected from Ryerson because she didn’t have Ontario-specific Grade 13 credits in her transcripts. Undaunted, she decided to hone her craft by volunteering at the local Rogers community cable station to gain experience and that led her becoming a trainee editor on David Cronenberg’s M. Butterfly.  Her debut feature film as a director, Marion Bridge, won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2002. As an editor, she was a shortlisted Genie Award nominee for Best Editing at the 22nd Genie Awards in 2002 for Eisenstein.

Here’s the trailer for Stay (2013).

The film is available on Netflix Canada and will also open the Irish Film Festival in Ottawa on April 1st (with director Wiebe von Carolsfeld in attendance to introduce the film.)  Use the CONTACT US page or the comments sections on Facebook/YouTube to let me know what you think of the film and/or to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

If you would like to follow along as I add to the list, subscribe to Ottawa Indie Fest’s YouTube channel.

Cheers, Jith.

Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

#3  The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt

#4  Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum

#5  Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by Alanis Obomsawin

#6  Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by Kari Skogland

#7  Girls’ Night Out (2016) by Phyllis Ellis

#8  Stay (2013) by Wiebke von Carolsfeld

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