Directed by Mia Fiona Kut
Canadian Premiere. SONDER is a drama set in modern day Vancouver about a young Asian-Canadian aerial silk artist, Aveline. A top competitor in Canada with a strong will, Aveline is determined to return to training after a long hiatus grieving her lover Jonathan’s death. However, it is evident that she is still vulnerable, and it shows in practice. She also notes that her fellow teammate, Crystal, is overshadowing her. Lonely for companionship, Aveline turns to an online dating app, methodically tracking her chemistry with each candidate. Her self-centered mother, Dawn, makes things worse, acting tactless and nonchalant about Aveline’s situation. After yet another haunting nightmare about Jonathan, Aveline embarks on another date with a man named Daniel. He stands her up at the restaurant, leaving Aveline in an emotional spiral. Angry, Aveline searches Daniel’s name online, and stumbles across photos of Daniel and another woman. However, on the last photo, it is captioned ‘R.I.P. Anna’, indicating the death of Daniel’s lover. Daniel then calls Aveline, apologizing and asking to meet outside the restaurant. Aveline obliges, and meets Daniel, catching him weeping. Taking this chance to open her heart, they embrace.
Mia is a filmmaker and actor, launching her own film production company, Ruckus Entertainment after completing her Marketing degree at Simon Fraser University. Her first web series, Ivy Tower, landed a spot at the Los Angeles Web Festival. In 2015, she was named Top 30 Under 30 and made the cover for the Richmond Review, and she was awarded as part of ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ for her supporting role in the feature film ‘Floating Away’. She has also appeared in CW’s ‘The Flash’, FOX’S ‘Wayward Pines’ and ‘Minority Report’. She was named Runner Up in Telefilm’s genre screenplay competition for her sci-fi feature ‘Heliophilia’, and her directorial short film, ‘Wildhouse’, has played in multiple festivals, and won the ‘Award of Excellence’ at Canada Shorts. Her recently completed film, ‘Sonder’ has won ‘Best Female Filmmaker’ at the LA Independent Film Festival Awards and will be having its Canadian Premiere at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
Writer: Mia Fiona Kut
Producers: Ingo Lou, Kris McRonney, Mia Fiona Kut, Nick Malcolm
Cast: Mia Fiona Kut, Donna Yamamoto, Ian Collins