The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Despite the Falling Snow


Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:45pm

A lushly photographed love story — which the director adapts from her own novel — “Despite the Falling Snow” brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War. In 1950s Moscow, Katya (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s” Rebecca Ferguson) secretly spies for the Americans. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising diplomat Alexander (Sam Reid), the last thing she expects is to fall in love and marry him. When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him. Alexander subsequently defects, only discovering Katya’s selfless act years later. Journeying back to the snowbound streets of post-Communist Moscow with niece Lauren (Ferguson again), Alexander (now played by Charles Dance) uncovers a new layer of betrayal and an unexpected love triangle.

94 min.

Directed by

Shamim Sarif


Canada Serbia/Montenegro U.K.

Film Category

Eastern European Focus International Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight




Historical Drama Love Story Thriller

Sponsored by

David Houlle, Sight & Sound Production Services