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ExxonMobil Opening Night Gala: An Audience of Chairs

  • Scotiabank Theatres (Cineplex, Avalon Mall) 35 Thorburn Rd St. John's, NL, A1B 3L9 Canada (map)

An Audience of Chairs

Maura Mackenzie (Carolina Bartczak) believes the world is hers to conquer. With her career as a concert pianist gaining momentum, it seems her beauty and talent will be strong enough to mask the demons that threaten to engulf her. But with an absent husband (Chris Jacot) and two young daughters at home, her precarious sanity begins to unravel until one summer day, burning with manic energy, she makes a terrible mistake — a mistake that will change her life forever. The consequences for Maura are catastrophic: her ambitious husband runs for his life, taking the children with him, leaving Maura to lapse into a full-scale breakdown. Life as she knew it is now over. With the help of her father, Ian (Peter MacNeill), Maura works to reclaim her life and waits for a miracle to bring her daughters home. But when the fates align, can the past be forgiven?

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Deanne Foley (Relative Happiness), this universal story of the redemptive power of a mother’s love is adapted from the popular, award-winning novel, “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark. 

Presented by Telefilm Canada and the St. John's International Women's Film Festival with reception partners Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Director: Deanne Foley
Writer: Rosemary House
Producers: Wreckhouse Productions: Jill Knox-Gosse & Lynne Wilson, The Film Works: Eric Jordan & Paul Stephens
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country: Canada (NL)

In the event that our Opening or Closing Night screenings sell out, any unclaimed complimentary tickets or Delegate Passholder tickets will be released a half hour prior to showtime to the rush line. Find out more info here.

Earlier Event: October 17
Registration and Delegate Welcome
Later Event: October 18
Thursday, October 18