True North

Available until June 3, 2021

Teens Lou (Michaela Kurimsky) and Chantal (Karena Evans) have only one thing on their minds: getting the hell out of their rural Ontario backwater and never looking back. Scouring their stifling surroundings for any source of income, these resilient girls butt heads with a place and a populace that threaten to rob them of their free spirits. A tribute to youthful aspiration, Jasmin Mozaffari’s feature debut offers us the chance to feel as rebellious, as animated, as alive as its protagonists.

"Jasmin Mozaffari paints a devastating portrait of young women stuck at a crossroads, where neither direction is particularly hopeful. Inspired by filmmakers as disparate as Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and fellow Canadian Ashley McKenzie—but never stooping to imitating them—Mozaffari delivers a supernaturally confident feature debut. Firecrackers is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary." Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail

"Firecrackers, Jasmin Mozaffari’s astonishingly confident (and perfectly named) debut feature, opens with a flare of fury and ends on a note of anxious optimism. What happens between is often sensed more than spoken: This is a movie that, like its characters, is more fluent in feelings than in words." Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Mozaffari has an incredible eye for the details that bring a situation or place to life, working with inexperienced actors to create electrifying characters and a sense of edgy unpredictability." Peter Debruge, Variety

Achievement in Direction, Canadian Screen Awards 19

Director Icon Director
Jasmin Mozaffari

Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, Tamara LeClair, David Kingston
Producer Caitlin Grabham
Screenwriter Jasmin Mozaffari
Cinematographer Catherine Lutes
Editor Simone Smith
Music Casey MQ
Canada 2018 93 min. 19+ Review

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