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An Audience of Chairs

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An Audience of Chairs
March 22, 2019
The Rooms
Tickets: $10, will be available through The Rooms only:

Filmed right here, An Audience of Chairs sold out in record time as the Opening film of SJIWFF29. We welcome you to join us for a special encore screening of this award-winning film, directed by Deanne Foley (Relative Happiness). This universal story of the redemptive power of a mother’s love is adapted from the popular, award-winning novel, “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark.

Maura Mackenzie (Carolina Bartczak) believes the world is hers to conquer. With her career as a concert pianist gaining momentum, it seems her beauty and talent will be strong enough to mask the demons that threaten to engulf her. But with an absent husband (Chris Jacot) and two young daughters at home, her precarious sanity begins to unravel until one summer day, burning with manic energy, she makes a terrible mistake — a mistake that will change her life forever. The consequences for Maura are catastrophic: her ambitious husband runs for his life, taking the children with him, leaving Maura to lapse into a full-scale breakdown. Life as she knew it is now over. With the help of her father, Ian (Peter MacNeill), Maura works to reclaim her life and waits for a miracle to bring her daughters home. But when the fates align, can the past be forgiven?

Director Deanne Foley joins us after the screening for a special Q&A.

Presented in partnership with the Directors Guild of Canada.


Deanne Foley

Deanne Foley is a Canadian feature film director-writer hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her debut feature film, Beat Down garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won Best Debut at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. Her sophomore feature, Relative Happiness, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival. Most recently, Deanne directed the dramatic award-winning feature film, An Audience of Chairs, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joan Clark, starring Carolina Bartczak (Xmen Apocalypse) and Gord Rand (Orphan Black). The film picked up four awards at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival 2018 including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. She also co-directed and co-wrote the award-winning, female-driven feature film, Hopeless Romantic starring Lynda Boyd (The Age of Adaline, Republic of Doyle).

She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada & Writers Guild of Canada.

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