In Jasmin Mozaffari’s striking debut, two rebellious young Canadians attempt to escape their repressive small town in this scathing critique of how class barriers and patriarchal values can trap young women.
Firecrackers opens with two teenage girls ruthlessly brawling in front of a cheering crowd. One of these is Lou (new talent Michaela Kurimsky), and this explosive introduction perfectly represents the angry, desperate yearning her and her best friend Chantal (actress and music video director Karena Evans) have to leave their small hometown. Lou and Chantal have big dreams, but the first step is to escape to New York City. Yet for a teenage girl, wriggling out from under the thumb of your oppressors—whether your junkie mother or your abusive partner—is never as easy as it sounds. On the night before their plan is supposed to take action, Chantal is assaulted by her possessive ex-boyfriend and things take a dark turn; the girls end up spiraling with nothing to hold on to but each other, if they can even find a grip. The beauty the camera finds amid the girls' shoddy, unpleasant home lives is evocative of the work of Andrea Arnold (American Honey, 2016) and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, 2012), yet writer/director Jasmin Mozaffari clearly has her own unique voice and flair that is endlessly impressive—particularly for a debut feature. Firecrackers is a blistering and beautiful manifesto about what some girls must do to achieve their dreams, even if all that means is escaping their nightmares.
Jasmin Mozaffari is a Canadian writer-director whose debut feature film, Firecrackers (2018), world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, won for directing and editing at the Canadian Screen Awards, and received the Bronze Horse for Best Film at the Stockholm Film Festival. Previously, her short film Firecrackers (2013), a thesis project at Ryerson University's film school, also premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. Before transforming this film into an award-winning feature, Mozaffari wrote and directed two shorts: Wave (2015) and Sleep on the Tracks (2018).
Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada
- Director: Jasmin Mozaffari
- Principal Cast: Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, Tamara LeClair, David Kingston
- Country: Canada
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Producer: Caitlin Grabham
- Screenplay: Jasmin Mozaffari
- Cinematographers: Catherine Lutes
- Editors: Simone Smith
- Music: Casey MQ
- Awards: Canadian Screen Awards 2019 (Best Director)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment
- International Sales: Seville International