5 things you need to know about ‘Two Lovers And A Bear’

We learned about “Two Lovers And A Bear” earlier this year when Tatiana Maslany sat down for a TIFF In Conversation With event hosted by creative director Cameron Bailey. Now, after its debut at Cannes, the film is part of the 2016 TIFF lineup. 

It’s the story of a couple trying to outrun their respective pasts by escaping into the vast and remote Canadian Arctic that lies beyond Nunavut’s handful of towns and settlements—only they can’t quite seem to get away. Here are the essentials on this upcoming romance/drama.

1.  Everyone’s favourite Canadian actress took a break from her taxing day job to star in this movie

Maslany set aside Sarah/Rachel/Cosima/Helena/Alison/etc. during her most recent “Orphan Black” hiatus to play just one part in “Two Lovers And A Bear.” Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and a second Canadian legend, Gordon Pinsent, round out the cast. 

2.  Montreal director Kim Nguyen is a rising Canadian star in his own right

The Quebecois filmmaker was behind 2012’s Oscar-nominated TIFF selection “War Witch (Rebelle).” “Two Lovers and A Bear” is his first English-language movie. 

3. The bear found Nunavut to be a little too cold for her liking

Polar bears are used to conditions that are, well, polar. But Aggie, the bear used in the film, spends her days in Vancouver swimming in a relatively warm pool and enjoying the temperate West Coast weather. She wasn’t a fan of the cold but everyone else was a big fan of her. “It’s such a soulful animal,” Nguyen told Deadline, “we were quite proud to have Aggie.” 

4. Streetlights are really expensive

Because Iqaluit streetlight use sodium, they give off a strange greenish-orangish light which Nguyen thought looked wrong on camera. But to have the power company turn off just 15 of the 50 lights the director wanted knocked out would have cost the production over $22,000. 

5. Filming in the Arctic is like making a movie in outer space.

Nguyen describes the north as feeling “like a lunar base; like you’re on another planet being inhabited by humans that have to struggle every day to stay alive in minus-50 degrees. With the technology (available now) the contrast was very interesting.”
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