Porcupine Lake reminds us of how it feels to be thirteen

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Porcupine Lake is an upcoming Canadian drama film directed by Ingrid Veninger. Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) is newly arrived from Toronto, and painfully lonely. Her parents are fighting over what to do about the family-owned diner. Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall) has lived in the area all her life, along with her absent, constantly hungover mother, her troubled older brother, Romeo, and her angry older sister, a single mom herself. Drawn together by curiosity, desire, and their fascination with and fear of the looming world of adolescence, the pair forges a deep bond, despite objections from those around them about how short-lived their friendship will be. Set in the Ontario cottage country, Ingrid Veninger’s assured, affecting sixth feature follows two girls dealing with their volatile desires and the chaotic, messy emotional lives of their parents and older siblings. The film is currently featured at Toronto International Film Festival.

“Summarizing the film, I believe it’s an interesting place where every girl or every boy could find themselves. It is a beautiful world of friendship, where only good things can happen. And I underline it – only good things! The film talks about sacrifices and the willingness to relocate – not from one place to another but rather from one mindset to a different one. Kate and Bea know well their own expectations. They also know that every expectation comes with a price. And seeing that in them is what truly fascinated me. I hope you feel the same sensation as you watch the film, and I believe one really needs to see Veninger’s film to grasp the whole magic of it.” – Moviemovesme

“Veninger’s most lyrical and accessible film to date” –  Jamie Paul Rock, Executive Producer, Hearland

“Incredibly deep and natural performances” – Jane Anderson, Emmy Award Filmmaker, Olive Kitteridge

“Low key comic drama depicting a summer adolescence. It gains considerably from its two lead child performances, each of which turns a different breed of awkwardness into a believable character. Late film attempts to raise the stakes fall predictably flat, but this is likable and filled with plenty of rich observational and presumably autobiographical detail.” – Audience reviews Letterboxd

Director: Ingrid Veninger

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