A Late Thaw, fantasy short drama written and directed by award winning Canadian filmmaker Kim Barr and starring Helena Marie, Michelle Boback and Lucas Chartier-Dessert, is available to screen at the Short Film Corner during the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
A Late Thaw is a poetic exploration of love, grief and hope — a haunting tale based on the loss of the director’s boyfriend in an ice climbing accident when she was nineteen.
“The trauma of losing a loved one so suddenly is tricky; there are no goodbyes, no last words, and no closure“, says the writer/director about the traumatic event that inspired this very personal and heartfelt story. “There is nowhere to focus the tremendous rage and powerlessness, so I froze, suppressing my feelings and living out of unresolved grief for years.”
A Late Thaw premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival, won a Goldie Award for “Best Technical” and a nomination for “Best Writing” at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, and was short listed for the CBC’s TV show, Short Film Face Off. The short is executive produced by George Zarifi, and produced by Kim Barr and Kathy Thomas. Cinematography by Benoit Beaulieu; Production Design by Elisabeth Williams; Editing by Genseric Boyle-Poirier; Special Effects by Cineffects; and Visual Effects by Alchemy 24.
Prior to her screening at the Cannes’ Short Film Corner, Kim Barr is visiting the Bucharest National Opera in Romania, to research and write her feature film, Blestemat, courtesy of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The film (Cursed, in English) is a sweeping drama about a cursed wedding dress passed down through three generations of women. The story takes us on a journey from the war-torn landscape of Eastern Europe during WWII, through communist Romania, to North America, and the promise of a better life.
The Canadian-bred world-travelling filmmaker Kim Barr (@KimBarrFilms) began her career as a fashion photographer in Milan, Italy, until an editor at Vogue suggested her work was cinematic. This opened a whole new door for her and she’s never looked back. Struck by how our inner landscape shapes our experience, Kim enjoys bringing this process to light. In the past 13 years, Kim has directed Black Rock Burning (2003), an experiential documentary on the Burning Man Festival; and three short dramas, Attachment (2009), Elevator (2013), and A Late Thaw (2015). Kim Barr is originally from Montreal, Quebec, presently residing in Toronto, Canada.
More information about the project, along with a behind-the-scenes blog about Kim’s research and travel, can be found on her website at: www.KimBarr.com.