Programme

FIRECRACKERS

Jasmin Mozaffari

Canada, 2018 / 93 min / English OV with French subt. (EN OV with FR subt.) / Drama

Actress Michaela Kurimsky will be in attendance

An audacious feminist coming-of-age drama.

Lou and her best friend Chantal plan to get out of their isolated, run-down town and move to a city far, far away. When Chantal's unstable and possessive ex violates her during a night of partying, the girls decide to exact their revenge on him through a night of vandalism and debauchery. The consequences of their actions are devastating, threatening the girls' chances of ever leaving. The more Lou fights tooth-and-nail to save her friendship and hold onto her dreams, the more she spins out of control as she begins to realise that freedom will come at a high cost. But for Lou and Chantal to have a shot, they will have to find the kind of resilience that only comes from sticking together.

“This highly anticipated feature debut from Jasmin Mozaffari marks the bold arrival of a vital new voice. In the same vernacular as social-realist auteurs Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay, Mozaffari's searing drama brims with explosive intensity. Driven by audacious lead performances from Michaela Kurimsky and Karena Evans and made by an almost entirely female key crew, the skilfully tenacious Firecrackers is a remarkable testament to what female-driven narratives can be.” Danis Goulet, Toronto International Film Festival

 

Screenings
Fri 08/03 16:00 Cinémathèque EN OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=26784&kassi...
Thu 14/03 19:00 Cinémathèque EN OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=26851&kassi...
Fri 15/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia EN OV with FR subt. Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=26858&kassi...

“The 30-year-old Canadian filmmaker arrives at TIFF with the world premiere of Firecrackers, a bold and incendiary feature debut that echoes – but never imitates – the fearless work of Andrea Arnold and Ashley McKenzie. […] The film simmers with the rage of marginalization and is made with an almost preternatural confidence. […] Mozaffari doesn’t merely announce herself as a vital new voice for Canadian cinema. She shouts it from the rooftop, daring gatekeepers to put their money where their newly woke mouths are. […] Firecrackers certainly pushes and shoves its way across the screen. Mozaffari’s heroes are raw and unapologetic in both their coarseness and ambitions – they are as furious as they are insatiable. […] Rarely have filmmakers focused on such complex female leads, with nary a sympathetic boyfriend or just-in-time white knight in sight.” Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail, 05/09/2018

“Kurimsky is absolutely magnetic as the feisty, hot-tempered Lou, who will do anything to protect her best friend. While the story is a common one, Mozaffari beautifully encapsulates the devastating realities of living in rural Canada, where it’s impossible to avoid abusive ex-boyfriends, leaving is the only way to get a good job and a car is your key to freedom.” Samantha Edwards, NOW, 5/09/2018

“When she was just 15 years old, filmmaker Jasmin Mozaffari endured a shocking act of sexual harassment that shaped her worldview and pushed her to turn her concerns about the patriarchal society she was living inside into art. Her inspiration eventually birthed a pair of compelling female characters — Lou and Chantal — who Mozaffari built a short film, and then her full-length debut, around.” Kate Erbland, IndieWire, 01/08/2018

Firecrackers starts off with a burst of violence, and although there’s little blood in this micro-budget Canadian drama, the film is fuelled by delirious fury and often blinding rage. […] Writer-director Jasmin Mozaffari paints a devastating portrait of young women stuck at a crossroads, where neither direction is particularly hopeful. Inspired by filmmakers as disparate as Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay and fellow Canadian Ashley McKenzie – but never stooping to imitating them – Mozaffari delivers a supernaturally confident feature debut. Firecrackers is not nearly as casually joyful as its title suggests, but it is absolutely as incendiary.” Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail, September 2018

“A conspicuously stylish, intermittently impressive debut that feels very much of the moment in young Canadian cinema, like a faster, flashier Ontarian cousin to Ashley McKenzie’s Werewolf. […] Mozzafari and her superb cinematographer Catherine Lutes keep flooding their mobile, off-centre frames with colour and movement, at once inscribing and defamiliarizing both their semi-impoverished environments and the people fixed within them. The actresses are each compelling camera subjects, with Evans (better known as the director of Drake’s recent promo clips for “God’s Plan” and “In My Feelings”) underplaying Chantal’s victimization and shame to better spark best-friend-avenger Kurimsky’s hot, incandescent rage, which in turn gives the film its narrative and ideological engine.” Adam Nayman, Cinema Scope, September 2018

 

Awards
  • Bronze Horse – Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival 2018 (Sweden)
  • Best Actress for Michaela Kurimsky, Stockholm Film Festival 2018 (Sweden)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson
Screenplay 
Jasmin Mozaffari
Cinematographer 
Catherine Lutes
Sound 
Erin Lewis
Set 
Thea Hollatz
Music 
Casey Manierka-Quaile
Production 
Prowler Film, Wildling Pictures, Alcina Pictures
Distribution 
Les Films Séville
Biography

Canadian filmmaker, Jasmin Mozaffari studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto where she first created the concept for her feature film debut, Firecrackers with Caitlin Grabham in a short of the same title in 2013. The short premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at numerous festivals around the world including Vancouver International Film Festival and Munich International Festival of Film Schools. Her next shorts, Wave (2015) and Sleep on the Tracks (2017), screened at several Canadian and international festivals. Her first feature film, Firecrackers (2018), based of the 2013 short, received funding from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program and was screened to acclaim at the Toronto, Zurich and Stockholm Film Festivals.

Filmography
  • 2018 – Firecrackers
  • 2018 – Sleep on the Tracks (short)
  • 2015 – Wave (short)
  • 2013 – Firecrackers (short)
  • 2013 – Rats (short)
  • 2012 – 4:44 (short)