The Maiden

a GRAHAM FOY picture

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Title

The Maiden

Director

GRAHAM FOY

Producer

Daiva Zalnieriunas, Dan Montgomery

Nationality

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

117 min

Language

English

Format

16 mm

Ratio

1.85

Original Title

The Maiden

Synopsis

Synopsis

A perfect summer day ends in tragedy, weaving a cosmic connection between three suburban teenagers. Best friends Colton and Kyle float 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?

Director’s Statement

"I grew up in the community in Calgary, Alberta where The Maiden was filmed and spent much of my teenage years hanging out in the ravine, the film’s central location. The Maiden is not completely autobiographical, however, there are many personal connections to events, characters and places contained in the film. For me, The Maiden is a poetic vision of teenage friendship, loss and grief broken into two parts which share a cosmic connection, revealing layers of meaning and purpose even amidst moments of deep despair".

Graham Foy

Synopsis

Stills

Press

Economical, elliptical and altogether haunting…a film that knows what it’s doing – and surprises us at those moments when it reveals its larger design.

Screen International

"Best new discovery (of Venice): The Maiden by Canadian director Graham Foy, which starts out as a laid-back slacker study but takes a left turn to somewhere eerily dreamlike".

The Guardan (Jonathan Romney)

"Transcendent and organic all at once. While the performances are raw, Foy and cinematographer Kelly Jeffrey blend them seamlessly into an aesthetic that is casually beautiful and elusive…“The Maiden” comes across as a real gift."

Movable Fest

"A memorable piece of filmmaking that drifts into the surreal with its dreamlike images and visionary occasional score"

Filmuforia

"An intensely atmospheric meditation on friendship, grief, and both the pains and wonder of being an outsider, The Maiden is a haunting work that lingers".

The Globe and Mail

"A potentially major directorial voice — one that manages to articulate and amplify”

Toronto Star

“Striking poignance…Foy asks us to slip into the thought processes of a teenager where time is flexible and can easily fold in on itself…the strongest feeling is one of longing for connection, not just to another human but to the natural landscape, the textures of which are captured beautifully.”

Eye For Film

"Foy’s vision is a formalist one, and he shows a confident hand in making his debut…
The Maiden has its own rhythm and visual language, in which light and darkness, sound and silence dictate mood. Foy has created a beautiful, at times haunting, tale of friendship and grief…”

ICS (International Cinephile Society)

"Pervaded by a magical realism that puts everything we know into question...all the atmosphere of being a dream..when the credits begin to scroll a mixed feeling of relief and anguish grips the viewer...Not to be missed."

Hot Corn

"The vision of this first-time director fascinates and intrigues"

Cinematographo

"Goes much further than we imagine…This first film is a promising and moving success."

Le Polyester

Festivals
& Awards

BNL for cinema of the future to Graham Foy

Contemporary World Cinema

TRT First Cut+ Award
Karlovy Vary

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

CINEAST FILM FESTIVAL

Cast & Crew

Jackson Sluiter KYLE
Marcel T Jiménez COLTON
Hayley Ness WHITNEY
KALEB BLOUGH Tucker
SIENA YEE June
CHARLOTTE CLARKE Charlotte
DUSTIN WHETTON English Teacher/Football Coach
CLEM MARTINI Guidance Counsellor
MACAULAY PETERSON Terry
DIANA PRUS Shop Teacher
CHERYL FOGGO Teacher
OMARI FRASER Football Coach Asst.
HEATHLEY PAINE CAMBALIZA Heathley
ADRIENNE FOSSHEIM Colton’s Mom
KOLBY ZELL Colton’s Brother
Written and Directed By GRAHAM FOY
Producers DAIVA ŽALNIERIUNAS - F F FILMS INC.
DAN MONTGOMERY - MDFF
Associate Producer CANDICE NAPOLEONE
Cinematographer KELLY JEFFREY
Editor BRENDAN MILLS
Production Designer ERIKA LOBKO
Sound Recordist IAN REYNOLDS