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Eve and the Fire Horse

Canada 2005. Dir: Julia Kwan. 92 min. 35mm

First Feature
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Julia Kwan’s stylishly-shot charmer, a festival hit at home and abroad, is set in a loving re-created early-1970s Vancouver. Eve centres on precocious nine-year-old Eve (Phoebe Kut), ominously born in the Year of the Fire Horse — said to produce difficult children! She and older sister Karena (Hollie Lo) let their wild imaginations get the best of them — and get them into trouble — as they fervently embrace Catholicism, Buddhism, and superstition (and, sometimes, a mixture of all three) in order to cope with several crises in their immigrant Chinese family. The film’s multiple awards include six Leos, a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, Most Popular Canadian Film honours at VIFF, and the Canadian Screen Award for best first feature. “An exceptional feature debut ... Both a finely wrought period piece and a slice of delicately captured childhood” (Ken Eisner, Variety).


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Guest in attendance: Julia Kwan

Introduced by Shaun Inouye, Operations and Programming Associate, The Cinematheque.