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A Winter Tale

A Winter TaleOVERVIEW

Language: English
Country of Origin: Canada
Running Time: 100 minutes

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CAST & CREW

Director: Frances-Anne Solomon
Producer: Frances-Anne Solomon, Susan Fueg, Michele Lonsdale Smith
Editor: Michele Francis
Production Designer: Christopher Pinheiro
Original Music: John Welsman & Mauri Hall
Cast: Peter Williams, Michael Miller, Leonie Forbes, Peter Bailey, p! Barrington, R.O. Glasgow, Ryan Ishmael, Lucky Ejim, Mike G. Yohannes, Valerie Buhagiar, Shakura, S’Aida, Finlandia Casella, Nicole Stamp, Bobby Del Rio, Sabio Emerencia Collins
Cinematographer: Kim Derko
Writer: Frances-Anne Solomon, Michele Lonsdale Smith
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

The Montreal Gazette
"A Winter Tale is an intensely powerful story about the reinstallation of moral responsibility in Toronto's black male community. Its prime movers walk it in real life like they talk it in this must-see fiction feature" . ... John Griffin

Expose Magazine
"Solomon and her cast deliver extraordinarily credible, emotionally raw performances that depict the vulnerability, self-preservation and salvation of (black men) in the wake of
gun violence." .... Verachan Martyr

The Montreal Gazette
The story's fiction, but it could be ripped from the headlines, and the ensemble acting - Peter Williams, Michael Miller, Leonie Forbes et al - is pitch perfect. ... John Griffin


SYNOPSIS

From award winning Producer and Director Frances Anne Solomon, comes this touching and intensely powerful story.

Shots ring out one winter night and a bullet meant for a local street dealer kills a ten-year-old boy. In the downtown Toronto community of Parkdale, grief and suspicion hang heavily in the air, while the nightly patrons at Miss G's Caribbean Take-Away resume their ritual of beer and banter.
But one of them, Gene Wright, cannot go on. He begs his friends for help. In a most unusual development, six Black men make a pact to form a support group in hopes of salvaging their broken spirits and redeeming their besieged community.

A Winter Tale is set against the backdrop of a multicultural community's hopes and dreams. Bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful, the film offers a brilliant and original perspective on the timely issue of urban violence. Written, directed and produced by Frances-Anne Solomon, the film features a talented ensemble cast led by Canadian stars Peter Williams and Michael Miller, along with Caribbean stars Leonie Forbes and Denis “Sprangalang” Hall.

The movie opened this year's ReelWorld Film Festival, and took home the Tonya Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature. Since then it has continued to screen at international film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Atlantic Film Festival. It opened the NYADFF and the TTFC( where it won “Best Feature”) and was the Closing Night Gala at the Bite The Mango, UK.