Albert Shin

Canada, 2019 / 100 min / English OV / Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When Abby returns to her childhood home, difficult memories of a long-forgotten kidnapping resurface.

Following the death of her mother, Abby, a troubled young woman with a chequered past, returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls and the dilapidated motel her family used to run. While there, she finds herself drawn once again into a mystery that has haunted her since childhood: a kidnapping she believes she was a witness to. What happened to the young boy she saw being violently abducted in the woods twenty-five years ago? As Abby sets out to find out the truth, she must confront both her own inner demons as well as a shocking, long-buried conspiracy that runs as deep as the falls themselves. Abby’s compulsive desire to reconcile her past grows increasingly out of control.

Bristling with an air of surreal menace, this mood-drenched thriller is a tantalising psychological puzzle box that unfolds in the hallucinatory realm between reality and perception.


Sat 13/03 16:00 Cinémathèque EN OV Public
Sun 14/03 10:00 EN OV Public
  • Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award, CMPA IndieScreen Awards, 2019 (Canada)
Cast & Credits
Tuppence Middleton, Hannah Gross, David Cronenberg, Marie-Josée Croze, Eric Johnson
James Schultz, Albert Shin
Catherine Lutes
Paul Germann
Chris Crane
Alex Sowinski, Leland Whitty
Rhombus Media

Winner of the prestigious Jay Scott Prize for Emerging Filmmaker by the Toronto Film Critics Association in 2014 and co-founder of the TimeLapse Pictures production company, Albert Shin is a Korean-Canadian filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. He graduated from York University with a B.F.A. in Film & Video Production and directed his debut feature, Point Traverse in 2009. In 2014, his second feature In Her Place premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at numerous festivals worldwide. The film earned major critical acclaim and went on to receive 7 Canadian Screen Award nominations. The film also won jury prizes at the Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Taipei Film Festival. Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) is Albert’s third feature film. 

  • 2019 – Disappearance at Clifton Hill
  • 2014 – In Her Place
  • 2012 – In Counseling (5 episodes of the TV series)
  • 2009 – Point Traverse
  • 2005 – Kai’s Place (short)