Vancouver International Film Festival 2020
Screening Dates
VIFF 2020

True North | BC Spotlight

Subjected to his dad’s (Adrian Holmes) domineering parenting and convinced that the world doesn’t care about him, 13-year-old Taylor (Marlon Kazadi) fantasizes about becoming an organic farmer. When he stumbles across Jim (Aleks Paunovic), a hardened criminal who’s been left chained inside an abandoned warehouse, the pair slowly establish a twisted bond. But when his trust is violated, Taylor comes to appreciate the virtues of cruelty. It seems torture could hold the key to Taylor securing Jim’s hidden fortune and escaping this life he feels trapped in. Titus Heckel uses Chaineds high-concept setup as a springboard for an enthralling dive into an impressionable psyche shaped by cycles of abuse. Kazadi is phenomenal in every scene, whether he’s devising ways to dominate the hulking Jim or working up the nerve to open his heart to his classmate (Leia Madu). Equal parts crime thriller and coming of age story, Heckel’s film derives considerable tension from inviting us to speculate at to what manner of man will be forged by this crucible. – VIFF

World Premiere
Language: In English
CAST: Marlon Kazadi, Adrian Holmes, Aleks Paunovic, Leia Madu, Roark Critchlow, Andrea Agur
EXEC: Don Thompson, Vince Arvidson, Aleks Paunovic, Marlon Kazadi, Adrian Holmes, Michael Olsen, Kasha Krisa, Jamie Cottington, Michael Johannson, Richard Arcand, Sharon Toews, Titus Heckel
PROD: Rachelle Chartrand, Chester Sit
SCR: Titus Heckel
CAM: Vince Arvidson
ED: Jackie Dzuba
PROD DES: Jim Cliffe
MUS: Alfredo Santa Ana
Production Company: Chained Films Inc.


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