Two Lovers and a Bear comes home to Iqaluit

Two Lovers and a Bear is coming home for an Iqaluit screening this Saturday before many of the Nunavut cast and crew who helped to realize the Canadian feature film.

Canadian feature film partly shot in city will screen at Astro theatre on Oct. 29

Shooting Two Lovers and a Bear in Iqaluit. More than 100 people from Nunavut assisted in the making of the film. (Philippe Bosse/Max Films )

Nunavut cast and crew who helped to make the feature film Two Lovers and a Bear will get their first chance to see the film at home in Iqaluit this Saturday.

'I can’t wait for it to get here and be shown,' says Ellen Hamilton, the film’s Nunavut co-producer. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

The Nunavut premiere will be a free screening at the Astro Theatre on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., and a reception featuring Iqaluit's the Trade-offs will follow the film. There are rumours that one of the film's two main stars, Tatiana Maslany or Dane DeHaan, will also make an appearance at the screening.

The romance about two lovers who find refuge in the Arctic from their pasts was partly filmed in Iqaluit. It is Montreal-born director Kim Nguyen's first fiction film following his Academy Award–nominated Rebelle (War Witch).

"I can't wait for it to get here and be shown," said Ellen Hamilton, the film's Nunavut co-producer.

More than 100 people from Nunavut assisted in the making of the film, helping with anything from Ski-Dooing cast and crew to a shoot or operating the camera, said Hamilton.

Actor Vinnie Karetak at the Two Lovers and a Bear Toronto International Film Festival screening. (Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

She said the making of the film was like a master class for the Nunavut crew, who had the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with industry masters.

Two Lovers and a Bear premiered internationally at the Cannes Film Festival in May and at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Hamilton said the Nunavut premiere will be unique.

"For sure there will be a lot of sealskin worn," she said with a chuckle.

For actor Vinnie Karetak, the most exciting part of the film is showcasing his hometown.

"The fact that you can see Iqaluit on the big screen — you can see Nunavut on the big screen — it's so beautifully shot," he said.

Karetak said the film is another example of the potential within the Nunavut film industry.

"It generates so much income. It's viable. It works."


Sima Sahar Zerehi is a reporter with CBC North. She started her career in journalism with the ethnic press working for a Canadian-based Farsi language newspaper. Her CBC journey began as a regular commentator with CBC radio's Metro Morning. Since then she's worked with CBC in Montreal, Toronto and now Iqaluit.


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