This screening took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 pmYukon Theatre
St. John’s filmmaker, Christian Sparkes has two dramatic features screening at ALFF ’24. The King Tide (Opening Film of the festival) is a fantasy film, whereas Sweetland, based on a book by the acclaimed writer Michael Crummey, is rooted in the modern re-settlement experience of outport Newfoundland and represents a genre we’ll call Newfoundland Gothic.
This heartbreaking film tells the story of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of Moses, a man determined to resist its extinction. Visually stunning, Sweetland features impeccable performances and a sparse but gutting script delivered in a fable-like manner.
Content advisory: strong language and peril.
Recommended ages 13+