Antigone is a stirring and powerful film from contemporary Montreal. It’s loosely based on Sophocles’ tragedy of the same name and portrays how disaster strikes an immigrant family. The siblings Antigone, Ismène, Étéocle, Polynice and the grandma Ménécée, have fled from war to safety in Canada. However, everything they’ve built is shattered to pieces when Étéocle is shot and killed by the police. To save her family, Antigone makes a difficult choice that has major consequences: She chooses her own conscience rather than the rules of law.
Antigone is written and directed by Sophie Deraspe and is a touching family drama that sheds light on the harsh realities many refugees and immigrants face in Canada today. Deraspe got the idea for the film in the wake of the death of Fredy Villanueva, a young boy who was shot and killed by the Canadian police in 2008.
The lead actress Nahéma Ricci has earned praise for her achievement, getting the part after an extensive casting process with hundreds auditioning. The film won the prize for Best Canadian Feature Film at the renowned Toronto Film Festival. Since then, the film has received lots of attention at film festivals worldwide.