- A success 12/1/2018 12:00:00 AM by d-silveyra
This is a successful telling of a Haida folk legend - it effectively brings to life and adds emotional depth to what would seem to the outsider as just a simple myth.
The performances are good, though the dialogue feels quite formal and a bit artificial in its pauses and slowness; I get the impression that that this is from the challenge of a script in a language that is almost extinct. The most effective scenes, from an acting perspective, occur when there is little dialogue and more body language.
The script is very well written and focused on telling a simple story.
Art and set design, cinematography...the actual visual portraying of this world is a triumph. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to observe the Haida people's traditions in their beautiful home.
- Haida Gwaii 9/15/2018 12:00:00 AM by kristy1622
You missed a lot of cast members William Russ ,Tyler York ,Diane Brown ,Erica Ryan, Xiila And a lot more I loved this film it was very heart warming listing to the language
- Beautiful love letter to the Haida language and culture 9/14/2018 12:00:00 AM by lisahall-60505
SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Night) is the first feature film entirely in the Haida language. The filmmakers hope to use the film as an educational tool to encourage fluency - there are currently less than 25 fluent Haida speakers in the world. Crafted from a popular story, SGaawaay K'uuna is set in 19th century Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii is charming and carefree and his recklessness causes a horrific tragedy. Tormented by what he has done, evil spirits are able to enter his body and transform him into Gaagiixid, a devouring supernatural being.
From the depictions of everyday, pre-colonial life to Adiits'ii's horrifying transformation and his family's generosity and forgiveness, this film takes an oral history and makes it into a beautiful, multifaceted film. If you don't get a chance to catch it at TIFF, SGaawaay K'uuna is the closing film for next month's imagineNATIVE film festival. I guarantee this film will be in Canada's Top Ten in January. It's so important. Please watch it.
- So boring 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM by mr_lucaspaul
The story line is so simplistic that it almost does not exist. It is slow and boring all along. The language of this film is just spoken by 25 people in the world, so what ? Does that make it more interesting, nope. This is a typical pretentious arty farty film.