at the Astro Theatre set for Oct. 29 in Iqaluit
crews line up actors and extras for a drag-racing scene
in the feature film Two Lovers and a Bear at the old metal
dump in Iqaluit in 2015. Producers invited residents out
for a chance to appear as a crowd of drag-race watchers
at the edge of the city. (FILE PHOTO)
How to make life and love work in a small, remote
Thats the focus of Two Lovers and a Bear,
a film, which the title suggests, is a big love storyand
an adventure film.
And dont forget about magic realist fantasy,
in the form of a talking polar bear.
Now the film is coming to Iqaluit this weekend
for its northern premiere.
We are so happy to finally bring the film
back to Iqaluit, producer Roger Frappier said this week
in a news release.
Two Lovers and a Bear was shot in Iqaluit and
Apex in 2015.
It was the biggest budget feature film ever shot
in Nunavut, with a 30-day shoot and budget of $7.8 million.
We really wanted to make this movie in
the Arctic, there is no place on earth like it, said director
Kim Nguyen in the release. We love the light and the ice
and the tundra and the people are so great.
Two Lovers and a Bear premiered internationally
at the Cannes Film Festival this past May and at the Toronto International
Film Festival in September.
Its Nunavut premiere takes place Oct. 29, with
a free 6 p.m. screening at Iqaluits Astro Theatre.
A reception for the more than 100 Iqaluit residents
who were involved in the films production follows the screening.
These include filmmakers Shawn Innuksuk and Vincent
Desrosier, who were part of the camera crew led by cinematographer
Nicolas Bolduc. Innuksuks photographs of northern lights
were also featured in the film.
One of the films principal leads is Kakki
Peter who plays the the fictional towns sheriff.
Most of the stunts were performed by Iqaluit
residents including Christine Lamothe, Stephen Bathory and Albert