"Snow" a film by Rohan Fernando Opens in Toronto on February 24, 2012 at the Cumberland

Director Rohan Fernando’s first feature drama "Snow" opens in Toronto on Friday, February 24th at the Cumberland. Inspired by his own history as an immigrant growing up in an all-white suburban area, it is a tale of loss and transformation in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka SNOW beautifully captures the sense of dislocation and melancholy that follows tragedy - and hints at the rebirth and renewal that can grow out of it.

The film tells the story of Parvati, a 24-year old woman who has lost her entire family to the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. Relocated and dislocated, she now lives in Halifax with relatives she has never met before. Wooed by a young Tamil man in whom she has no interest, Parvati finds her home life increasingly uncomfortable. Her work as a hotel chambermaid is also alien and isolating - until she meets an alluring hotel guest and begins a doomed love affair.

As Parvati’s new life begins to disintegrate, she takes to calling herself Kala - the name of her sister who vanished in the tsunami. And, ironically, she finds one of her strongest anchors in Emily, a homeless young musician with whom she travels to CapeBreton to see the ocean once again. “Parvati is like a newborn when she wakes up in Canada, groping and stumbling, hoping to one days find herself” - director, Rohan Fernando. Shot entirely in Nova Scotia, with characters cast by director Fernando from the local community based on the life experiences of those playing them, "Snow" is filmed in the style of the cinema verité documentaries of the 1960’s and 70’s.

Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1972, Rohan Fernando moved with his family first to Switzerland and then to Halifax, Canada. He drew on his own story for his documentary debut, Cecil’s Journey. The film was the first documentary to be selected as best short film at the Atlantic Film Festival. Other documentaries from Fernando include Trudeau’s Other Children (2005) and the feature documentary Blood and Water (2006) about a man coping with the loss of his entire family to the 2004 tsunami. In 1999 he wrote and directed a television pilot called "Shelter", based on his own graphic novel of the same name and between 2003 and 2005 he directed 17 episodes for the first three seasons of the highly rated TV series Past Lives.

"Snow" is being released in Canada by KINOSMITH INC. KINOSMITH is an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. With a mandate to bring critically-acclaimed Canadian and international films to audiences across the country, the company has distributed over 200 feature films in the last four years as well as providing marketing advice to completed films and productions in development. KINOSMITH is also home to the Hot Docs Collection on DVD that releases award winning documentaries curated by the Hot Docs festival in Canada. Current KINOSMITH releases include: Werner Herzog’s 3-D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams; the Oscar nominated doc If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; My Perestroika; El Bulli: Cooking In Progress; and The Whale. Upcoming releases include The Odds; the Hot Doc award winner The Guantanamo Trap; Yung Chang’s Sundance fav China Heavyweight; The Redemption of General Butt Naked; Girl Model; Jeannie Finlay’s Sound It Out; and Mark Cousins’ epic The Story of Film: An Odyssey.

 [February 16, 2012]

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