Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12:05pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 4:40pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The extraordinary “Tanna” — a nominee for last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — is a Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in one of the world's last tribal societies. Based on a true story, the film follows the star-crossed romance of Wawa and Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them, and the couple must choose between following their hearts and protecting the future of their tribe. “Tanna” was shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu in the village of Yakel, a remote community high in the mountain rainforests, where the natives have rejected colonial and Christian influences in favor of their traditional system of laws and beliefs. Little has changed in Yakel for centuries: Before “Tanna,” its residents had never before seen a movie or a camera, and none of the cast had ever acted before. The Village Voice observes that “Tanna” is “awash in natural light that gently cascades over the area’s dense foliage” and praises the filmmakers' “loving attentiveness to their setting’s verdant colors and bustling sounds.”

104 min.
Nafe & Nauvhal

Directed by

Martin Butler & Bentley Dean

Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions


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