117 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 1, 2022 – Venice Film Festival
Release date: May 12, 2023
Production companies: F F Films Inc
Canadian distributor: MDFF (Medium Density Fibreboard Films)
A perfect summer day ends in tragedy, weaving a cosmic connection between three suburban teenagers. Best friends Colton and Kyle float in the river, trade dreams, and spray-paint in the local ravine. Like the boys, Whitney explores the ravine, seeking solace by writing and drawing in her diary. But when her best friend abandons her, Whitney disappears. The kids’ lives swirl with natural wonder and beauty, but darkness and death loom not far behind. The discovery of Whitney’s diary transports us to a mirror world. A magical ravine. A paranormal encounter. The return of a dead black cat. Is this a dream? The afterlife? Once deeply connected, are we ever really alone?
The Maiden is the debut feature of Edmonton-born writer-director Graham Foy. It won the Cinema of the Future award at the Venice Film Festival.
“Foy arrives as a filmmaker with an indisputable gift for atmosphere and a forthright faith in the potential of cinema to grasp the ungraspable, say the unsayable, and strive for meaning out beyond the edges.” Jessica Kiang, Variety.
NOTE: It appears almost the entire cast make their film debut in this production. We have been unable to find additional credits for them and have not created individual pages at this time. One exception is the screenwriter Cheryl Foggo, who makes a cameo in The Maiden.