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Edge of the Knife (2018)

SGaawaay K'uuna (original title)
In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death ... See full summary »

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Gwaai Edenshaw (as Gwaii Edenshaw), Helen Haig-Brown
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Cast

Credited cast:
Curtis Brown Curtis Brown ... Attendant / gaagiid dancer
Diane Brown Diane Brown ... Nanaay
Greg Brown Greg Brown ... Gaas' Xaants'ii
Toddi Lauren Brown Toddi Lauren Brown ... Fish cutter
Delores Churchill Delores Churchill ... Naanii 1
Zachary Collison Zachary Collison ... Ts'acklii
Russel Davis Russel Davis ... Watcher
Sam Derrick-York Sam Derrick-York ... Tluujaad
Sherri Dick Sherri Dick ... Naanii 3
Leo Gagnon Leo Gagnon ... Kwa's father
Merika Gladstone Merika Gladstone ... Raven Child
Emma Grinder Emma Grinder ... Eagle Child
Xiila Taayii Guujaaw Xiila Taayii Guujaaw ... Sk'ayuu
Sphenia Jones Sphenia Jones ... Daasjaadee
Brandon Kallio Brandon Kallio ... Adiits'ii's father
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In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. He unexpectedly survives the winter, and at next year's gathering, the families try to convert Gaagiixid back to Adiitst'ii. Written by xx

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Country:

Canada

Language:

Haida | English

Release Date:

April 2019 (UK) See more »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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This is the first feature film to be made entirely in the Haida language of Pacific-coast Canada. The story was inspired by a traditional Haida legend. See more »

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A success
1 December 2018 | by d-silveyraSee all my reviews

This is a successful telling of a Haida folk legend - it effectively brings to life and adds emotional depth to what would seem to the outsider as just a simple myth.

The performances are good, though the dialogue feels quite formal and a bit artificial in its pauses and slowness; I get the impression that that this is from the challenge of a script in a language that is almost extinct. The most effective scenes, from an acting perspective, occur when there is little dialogue and more body language.

The script is very well written and focused on telling a simple story.

Art and set design, cinematography...the actual visual portraying of this world is a triumph. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to observe the Haida people's traditions in their beautiful home.


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