a Bashar Shbib film
A MIDSUMMER'S WAKE
Fiction, Drama, 90 min, 2008, DV, colour, NTSC.
Lea (Kim Prangley) and Andrew (Bashar Shbib) have been complacently married for over fifteen years. Lea’s inability to bear children is what has caused the biggest rift in their union. When Andrew dies of a sudden heart attack, Lea’s friends (Karina Chadwick, Alexandra Woodward, Christina Andrade-Sangster, Joan Andrade) surround her for comfort and support. As they gather for a weekend to mourn the loss of their loved one, these five women of various ages come to strengthen the ties that bind them to one another.
The natural landscape that envelops them in its benevolent gaze exerts itself as a guide in their spiritual quest. The funerary wake becomes an opportunity for the women to explore the meanings of life, death, friendship and passion. Such a process cannot occur smoothly. When buried secrets emerge into the light of day, the widow and her friends eventually come to appreciate the cycles at work within themselves, as well as the natural world around them. In the end, an unexpected outcome will bring each of them to redefine their meanings of the word “love”.
A Midsummer's Wake is an honest and vibrant exchange that professes to heart-wrenching feelings, emotions, love, sex, and secret revelations.
Cast & Crew
STARRING: KIM PRANGLEY, KARINA CHADWICK, ALEXANDRA WOODWARD, CHRISTINA ANDRADE-SANGSTER, JOAN ANDRADE, BASHAR SHBIB, MAÏA NADON-CHBIB,
EDITOR: EYAD HAMAM
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: TOLGA KUTLUAY
ORIGINAL MUSIC: MAXIME FILLION, GEOFF KLEIN
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: J.-P. FORTIN, SYLVAIN BROSSET
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MAÏA NADON-CHBIB
WRITER, PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR: BASHAR SHBIB
All Rights Reserved © 2008 Oneira Pictures International