17736VIOLATION STILL 01 CIFF 16x9 300dpi WEB


Year 2020
Runtime 107 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
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VIOLATION is the winner of the 2020 CIFF RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award.

With her marriage about to implode, Miriam (Madeleine Sims-Fewer, OPERATION AVALANCHE) returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law. But one evening a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her sister to be in danger, Miriam decides she must protect her at all costs, but the price of revenge is high and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel.

Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s deeply disturbing debut feature is a chilling, gruesome portrait of trust, loyalty, and sibling rivalry. The film pulls the audience through a dark portal into a PTSD memory smash and untangles a sticky web of trauma and resentment. Combining lush aesthetics and heartbreaking violence, VIOLATION is a turbulent, dreamy, feminist revenge fable that creates an intimate cataclysm of bloody and inevitable retribution.

Content advisories: sexual violence, explicit violence, nudity


Toronto International Film Festival 2020, Vancouver International Film Festival 2020, Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2020
Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer
Executive Producer
Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton, François Dagenais, David James
Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
Adam Crosby
Gabriella Wallace
Andrea Boccadoro
Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili