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472 Ratings

Edge of the Knife

Sgaawaay K'uuna

Canada, 2018


In the 1800s, on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii off the west coast of British Columbia, two extended families re-unite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon conflict between a charismatic young nobleman, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa, tears their interwoven families apart.

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Edge of the Knife Directed by Helen Haig-Brown, Gwaai Edenshaw

Awards & Festivals

Vancouver International Film Festival

2018 | 2 wins including: Best BC Film Award

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

2018 | Special Mention: Prix de la Diffusion

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2019 | 4 wins including: Best Canadian Picture

2019 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film

Critics reviews

A truly immersive nineteenth-century period piece.
October 10, 2018
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Its power stems in large part from its affect of immersive authenticity, from the ravishingly beautiful, unspoiled natural locations to the uniformly excellent cast.
October 01, 2018
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Regardless of how important Edge of the Knife may be, it is a cracking good tale, expertly told and beautifully executed. Organized around a fraternal struggle that is both intimate and elemental, Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film will remind many of Atanarjuat in its raw narrative power.
September 08, 2018
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