The Stone Angel (Canada 2007)

Director:

Kari Skogland

Writer:

Kari Skogland

 

Executive Producer:

Michael MacMillan, Bryan Gliserman

 

Guy Collins, Phyllis Laing, Seaton McLean

 

Michael Ryan

Producer:

Elizabeth Jarvis, Kari Skogland

 

Cast:

 

Ellen Burstyn

Hagar Shipley

Christine Horne

Young Hagar Currie

Ellen Page

Arlene Drieser

Kevin Zegers

John Shipley

Cole Hauser

Young Bram Shipley

Dylan Baker

Marvin Shipley

Wings Hauser

Bram Shipley

Aaron Ashmore

Matt Currie

Devon Bostick

Young Marvin Shipley

 

(Complete Cast & Crew)

The Stone Angel

Ellen Page Online Movie Rating:

 


Genre:

Drama

Runtime:

90 minutes

Language:

English

Budget:

CAD $8,500,000

Filming dates:

14th August - 22nd September 2006

Filming locations:

Winnipeg / Hartney, Manitoba, Canada

Rating:

14A (Canada)

World premiere:

12th September 2007 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)

Company / Studio:

Buffalo Gal Pictures, HandMade Films, Sequence Film and others

Official website:

www.buffalogalpictures.com / web.mac.com / www.thestoneangelmovie.com

IMDb website:

www.imdb.com/title/tt0847897

DVD premiere:

7th July 2008 (Poland, Region Code 1, Vision) (click here to see more DVD releases)


The Stone AngelPlot:

Ellen Burstyn gives a tour-de-force performance in this much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s landmark Canadian novel. The story leaps onto the screen with elegance and ease, beautifully fulfilling the emotional power of the original work.

As flinty and immovable as the Stone Angel itself, Hagar Shipley is defined by the fierce pride she inherited from her father. Facing imminent death, and refusing to yield even to mortality, Hagar’s mind conflates past and present as she makes a final grasp for independence, finding instead an unexpected and humbling reconciliation.

Now living with her son Marvin (Dylan Baker), elderly Hagar (Burstyn) is brought to a nursing home – to see what she thinks. Her response is easily predicted, and she later bolts from her son’s house, determined to find a seaside home she remembers from her youth. Throughout this journey, chapters in her life coalesce and we come to know the radiant young woman – scion of her father’s mercantile empire – who is disowned when she marries the rough, bold Bram Shipley (Cole Hauser). Romantic illusions soon dissipate, and Hagar begins to think her husband is beneath her. Her disdain for him, exacerbated by discontent with her own unfulfilled ambitions, incites a hereditary flaw as she denies her children the parental approval she so desired from her father. In the present, Hagar finds her way to the seashore, but has little time left to amend a lifetime of unacknowledged mistakes.

Awards:

  • Award for Achievement in Filmmaking (13th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, July 2008)
  • Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn, 29th Annual Genie Awards, 4th April 2009)
  • Achievement in Music - Original Score (John McCarthy, 29th Annual Genie Awards, 4th April 2009)

Press comments:

  • "Compelling...Burstyn hands in the performance of a lifetime!" (Katherine Monk, Canwest News Service)
  • "Amazing...unbelievably good." (Canada AM)
  • "A touching drama that will make Canadians proud" (Flare Magazine)
  • "Rich with performances...portrayed vividly...newcomer Christine Horne illuminates Hagar's vulnerability and grants the film its fiercest spark." (Kevin Williamson, Sun Media)
  • "Ellen Burstyn and Christine Horne are aces" (Toronto Star)
  • "Burstyn and Horne give vivid life to the difficult character of Hagar." (Randall King, Winnipeg Free Press)
  • "Ellen Burstyn's performance could easily earn her a seventh Oscar nomination!" (Chris Atchison, Metro Toronto)

Release Dates:
 

Country

Date

Festival / Event / Location / Comment

Website

Canada

26th September 2007

Calgary International Film Festival

calgaryfilm.com

Canada

28th-29th September 2007

Vancouver International Film Festival

viff.org

Canada

9th October 2007

Vancouver International Film Festival

viff.org

Japan

23rd October 2007

Tokyo International Film Festival

tiff-jp.net

USA

3rd-14th January 2008

Palm Springs Film Festival

psfilmfest.org

Canada

27th March 2008

Female Eye Film Festival

femaleeyefilmfestival.com

USA

10th-17th April 2008

Palm Beach Film Festival

www.pbifilmfest.org

USA

11th- 9th April 2008

Atlanta Film Festival

atlantafilmfestival.com

USA

27th April 2008

Newport Beach Film Festival, Edward 6

newportbeach.bside.com

Canada

9th May 2008

Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria

 

Canada

9th May 2008

Montreal, Winnipeg

 

Canada

21st May 2008

Pt. Albernie

 

Canada

23rd May 2008

Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton

 

Canada

26th May 2008

Woodstock

 

Canada

1st June 2008

Arnporior

 

Canada

6th June 2008

Saint John's, Moncton

 

Canada

6th-12th June 2008

Princess Cinema, Waterloo

 

Canada

9th June 2008

Orillia, Peterborough, Vernon

 

China

14th-22nd June 2008

11th Shanghai Film Festival

www.siff.com

Canada

27th June-3rd July 2008

Bookshelf Cinema, Guelph

 

Poland

7th July 2008

DVD release

 

USA

11th July 2008

Limited release

 

Brazil

13th August 2008

DVD release

 

Canada

16th September 2008

DVD release

 

USA

21st October 2008

DVD release

 

Germany

7th May 2009

DVD release (Rental)

ascot-elite.de

Germany

18th June 2009

DVD release (Retail)

ascot-elite.de

United Kingdom

22nd June 2009

DVD release

metrodomegroup.com

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