A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret life of girls.
During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall) she gets more than she had imagined.
A slow-burning odyssey about love and loss featuring newcomer Pedro Fontaine in the title role of Elias, a young man who travels from the Northern Atacama Desert to the southern Patagonian edge of Chile on a cathartic journey of the spirit, and to fulfill the wish of his mysteriously deceased lover.
Every screening of HE HATED PIGEONS is presented with a uniquely improvised, ever-changing live score. Linked with the uncertainty of the protagonist’s journey, the audience is part of something which has its own intrinsic impermanence.
“Bringing to mind the dreamy road trip of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man”. Spiro Economopoulos, Melbourne Queer Film Festival
“A one-off bespoke experience which blends cinema and performance.” Wendy Ide, Screen International at IFFR
“This film is a remarkable experience not soon forgotten.” Jason Gorber, Twitch Film
After an unusual and inspiring dream, an unorthodox theatre director (Aaron Poole) attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, while struggling with his own ability to live and authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son (Jacob Switzer).
★★★★ “Ingrid Veninger is definitely a director worth following, as she proves the value of women filmmakers, and the great power of storytelling that they hold.” Ilse de Mucha Herrera, The Arts Scene
★★★★“The reigning queen of lo-fi Canadian cinema has upped her game without abandoning any of her characteristic whimsy.” Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine
★★★★ “simultaneously as touching as it is hilarious.” Sean Kelly, Toronto Film Scene
★★★★ “THE ANIMAL PROJECT offers a First-Rate Cast in a terrific ensemble piece… Joey Klein & Aaron Poole are so good they knock the wind out of you.” Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner
When a mother and daughter tour film festivals in Europe and decide to part ways, they must confront life-changing choices alone, before returning home.
“i am a good person/i am a bad person shows keen insight into the contradiction between being artistically provocative and a responsible parent at the same time.”Peter Debruge, VARIETY
“As Sofia Coppola did for Lost in Translation, Veninger uses naturalistic acting, keep cultural observations and deadpan comedy to excellent effect.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“Veninger’s intimate character studies recall the early works of iconic filmmakers Claude Jutra and Allan King… A skilled demolisher of boundaries, she presents visions of the human experience that are at once bold and genuine.” Martin Bilodeau, TIFF
A portrait of teenage self-discovery against the backdrop of a quirky village in Slovakia.
“Veninger displays a confident control of tone and pacing… a prime example of heartfelt DIY filmmaking that really works… poignantly alert to the nuances of teen life, perfectly capturing that confusing betwixt-and-between time…” Alissa Simon, VARIETY
“[Hallie] Switzer and [Alexander] Gammal are naturals… Veninger’s deceptively relaxed style captures every glance, outburst and hesitation.” Norman Wilner, NOW
“Connection, conflict, local colour and teenage confusion are rendered with intimacy and lightness of touch.” Jason Anderson , Toronto Star