89 minutes – Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Festival release date: July 14, 2022 – Fantasia, World Premiere
Release date: TBA
Production companies: Little Dipper Films, Megafun Productions, Alyson Richards Productions
Canadian distributor: Fimoption International
Set in 2144 against the backdrop of a frozen wasteland, SUMI, a human child, narrowly escapes capture from a brutal MORAD hunting party and sets out across the vast winter landscape. When Sumi stumbles across Frozen Girl, an unlikely friendship is forged and together they race ahead of the vindictive hunters towards the only guiding light Sumi knows, the Polaris star. In this remote part of the world, during forever-winter, women endure a vicious lifestyle, reflective of a brutal environment, inherited from the cruel disregard of prior generations. This is a world where toxic green goo runs thicker than blood in fish and wild animals. The women number few within a massive territory, where everyone struggles to survive. The Morads have banded together and use their collective brutality to raid, hunt, and remain formidable from attack. To be a Morad requires a relentless work ethic, enforced by peer accountability. In return, one might live longer because there is strength in community. To be other than a Morad is to risk attack from them – and requires an uncommon aptitude for survival.
Polaris is a Yukon-Quebec-Ontario co-production.