a selection of Chania Film Festival


Municipal Cinema KIPOS
Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August 2023, 21.30
General admission : 5 €
People with disabilities, Unemployed, Over 65 years old: 2 €




Direction: Sophie Deraspe (Σόφι Ντεράσπι)
Director of Photography:Sophie Deraspe
Editing: Geoffrey Boulangé, Sophie Deraspe
Music: Jean Massicotte, Jad Orphée Chami
Runtime: 109 min

Actors: Nahéma Ricci, Nour Belkhiria, Rawad El-Zein, Rachida Oussaada, Antoine Desrochers, Paul Doucet, Hakim Brahimi


Antigone, an excellent student and exemplary member of the community, breaks the law by helping her brother escape from prison. As the noose tightens around her, she stands up to the authorities: the police, the judiciary, the prison system, and the father of her friend, Haemon. Antigone's staunch refusal to compromise and stifle her personal sense of justice is gaining the support of her peers, who are mobilizing on social media and in colorful demonstrations. Rejecting an offer that would secure her own future, Antigone chooses love and devotion to her family, an immigrant family.
An impressive metaphor of Sophocles' tragedy into modern reality

Antigone has been the director's favorite literary heroine since her youth. When he learned of the factual murder of a young man by police in Montreal and the subsequent deportation of his brother, he was shocked. The hatred that spread on social media after the incident alarmed her. He immediately began to think about how Antigone would react. The idea of the film had already been born in her.
Director Sophie Deraspi chose her lead among young girls who responded to the open call for the role. In total, 800 girls applied and eventually 300 went through a hearing process.


5 awards (Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay) and 2 more nominations (Best Director, Best Sound), Canadian Film Academy Awards 2020
6 awards (Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cast Design, Revelation of the Year) and 2 more nominations (Music, Most Successful Non-Quebec Film) for the Iris Award, Le Gala Quebec Cinema 2020
Best Canadian Film, Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Nominated for Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2019