Graham Foy, CAN 2022
A perfect summer day ends in tragedy in Graham Foy’s tender, original feature debut. In a dreamscape, three teenagers from Alberta, Canada are connected. A poetic look at camaraderie, wonder and sadness.
Colton and Kyle are best friends. They roam happily through their provincial town and wilderness, killing time with ordinary teenage things: smashing an old TV, spraying graffiti by a ravine, skateboarding over a trash pile. Their idyll shatters when disaster strikes.
Graham Foy surprisingly brings this story together with the story of their shy classmate Whitney, who is working through her own emotional crisis. The discovery of her diary leads to a mirror world. A magical ravine. A paranormal encounter. The return of a dead black cat. Is this a dream? Life after death? Once we are deeply connected, are we ever really alone? The Maiden begins as a realistic drama and gradually turns into a dreamscape, with impressionistic images full of dark undertones.