Angelique’s Isle (Canada: Northern Ontario)
Show times: 6:30 & 8:20 pm
Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Michelle Derosier
Cast: Julia Jones, Tantoo Cardinal, Aden Young, Charlie Carrick
Runtime: 90 minutes
Language: English and Anishinaabemowin with English subtitles
Based on the novella, “Angelique Abandoned”, by James R. Stevens which was inspired by the true story of a 17-year-old Anishinaabe woman, Angelique’s Isle is a harrowing true tale of perseverance and survival on Lake Superior. Young Angelique (Julia Jones) finds her new-found contentment in marrying Charlie (Charlie Carrick) a Métis voyageur, suddenly threatened when Charlie signs on with slippery wheeler-dealer Cyrus Mendenhall (Aden Young) to search the shores of Lake Superior in 1845 for a rich copper strike.
Despite the warnings from her grandmother, Green Thunderbird (Tantoo Cardinal), Angelique agrees to accompany Charlie with Mendenhall’s expedition.
Upon discovering what looks to be a huge copper boulder on Isle Royale, Mendenhall asks the couple to remain behind to guard the find while his group goes back for reinforcements and supplies. However, as the weeks pass, Charlie and Angelique soon realize that they must fend for themselves.
As winter comes, they endure the increasing cold and a dwindling food source. While the harsh winter has a dire effect on Charlie, Angelique is left to face her inner demons and reconcile her true identity as she struggles to survive. In light of the messages sent by her grandmother, Angelique realizes that perhaps it is her rich indigenous roots that will be the source of her salvation.
An impressive, regionally-produced film, Angelique’s Isle draws greatly from the mood of the rugged northern Ontario landscape, which includes Thunder Bay and Terrace Bay. Local audiences will recognize Fort William Historic Park and the shoreline around Chippewa Park/Fort William First Nation. The cast also features local performers including Pierre Schreyer, Dennis Dubinsky, Anthony Rock, Jessie McKay and Gabe Ferrazzo.
NOSFA is pleased to feature Angelique’s Isle for its Thunder Bay premiere.