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Calgary’s Media Darling makes its homecoming debut with “Violent”

VIOLENT Premiere:
Thursday, October 13
Knox United Church

VIOLENT, the audacious, award-winning Norwegian-language Canadian film created by Vancouver-based production company Amazing Factory, produced in conjunction with Calgary’s own boutique film company MEDIA DARLING, will finally screen in Calgary as part of the Calgary Cinematheque’s tenth anniversary season.

The debut feature from director Andrew Huculiak, drummer for innovative Vancouver indie group We Are The City, Violent was shortlisted for competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and screened in the festival’s Perspective Canada industry sidebar. Violent was one of a select few films considered for Canada’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Having spent the last two years travelling the world, first with Violent and now with a roster of new projects, Calgary-based producer Amy Darling of Media Darling has drawn national attention to Alberta’s growing film industry. After countless international festival screenings and 15 awards, Darling makes a triumphant return home to present Violent.

“This night has been a long time coming. We are so honoured that this labour of love is part of the Calgary Cinematheque’s tenth anniversary season. We are in incredible company alongside legendary directors and iconic films,” says Executive Producer, Darling. “Media Darling is committed to staying based in Calgary. Presenting Violent in this context, in my hometown is a dream come true.”

Driven by the stunning visuals of the Norwegian landscape and a powerful original score, Violent centres on a young woman named Dagny, in the midst of a catastrophic event, as she vividly recalls memories of the five people who loved her the most. Violent was made on a micro budget funded by the tight-knit film team who shot in Norway with a skeleton crew of five. Adding challenge to the creation of their first film, the team elected to leave the comfort zone of their home country to capture the energy they hoped would be generated from experiencing a new environment for the first time. Shot entirely in Norwegian language with Norwegian actors, the film focuses on storytelling through captured moments and emotions, elements which have proven to speak to a wide global audience.

After sold out screenings at some of the largest festivals in Europe, the feature length drama made its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, winning prizes including Best Canadian Film. Violent has gone on to garner prizes from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, several major accolades in France, and swept British Columbia’s film awards, the Leos, with 8 wins. The Hollywood Reporter hailed the film as “hurling a brick for Canadian newcomers.”

Through 2015, Darling was one of 10 Canadian producers featured at San Sebastian, the largest Spanish language film event in the world; one of 4 Canadian producers selected for the coproduction competition at Los Cabos, lauded by Variety as “the Cannes of Latin America”; and one of 20 Canadian producers selected for the observer programme at the Berlin Film Festival. Screen Daily announced Amy as one of the most noteworthy producers among those selected for the Frontières International Coproduction Market, one of the largest genre film incubators in Europe.

As cofounder and co-director of The Good Film Fund, Darling is executive producer of the upcoming animation Giant Sloth, with Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti, and Kate McKinnon of Ghost Busters, written and directed by New York Times bestselling author Paul Hornschemeier. She is Vice Chair of Professional Development for the Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA), Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Underground Film Festival, and a cofounding board member of the Mental Film Festival.

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