The “coolest film festival in Canada” is set to premiere Nuxalkmc Director Banchi Hanuse’s newest short film Uulx – The Scratcher.
Shot in the frigid backcountry of the Chilcotin Plateau in 2014, Uulx is a six-minute drama from Hanuse’s Smayaykila Films, the same company that produced the hugely successful documentary “Cry Rock.”
In a stark and stunning frozen remote landscape, an unlikely encounter between hunter and the hunted unfolds. But which is which? Inspired by a true story, Uulx – The Scratcher is a cautionary tale inviting us to consider our own disassociation from nature.
The film’s world premiere is scheduled for Friday, December 4 at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, B.C. Smayaykila Films is a production company rooted on Nuxalk territory. Its first short documentary Cry Rock received several awards following its premiere at National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival.
The Nuxalk language word “Smayaykila” [sim – eye – eye – key – la] isa supernatural being meaning the keeper of stories. For more information on the film, check out Smayaykila Films at http://www.smayaykila.com.