Ten-year-old Farzin and his little sister Gita try to make sense of their mother’s passing and their new home in Canada shortly after the Iranian Revolution in the early 1980s.
Upon discovering their first snowfall, they uncover the harsh reality between truth and imagination.
Writer/director: Lina Roessler
Producers: Lina Roessler, Aaron Kopff, Agnieszka Gutkowska
Winter is the second short in a series titled Little Whispers which explores how children use imagination to solve their problems.
About Lina Roessler
Lina Roessler studied English and creative writing at Concordia University, received a performance degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York and recently completed an MFA in film production at York University.
Acting credits include a recurring role on Lost Girl and numerous guest stars on series such as Private Eyes, Murdoch Mysteries, Motive, Supernatural and Killjoys.
Her directorial debut, Little Whispers: The Vow (2015), has screened at dozens of festivals including TIFF Kids, and also won First Prize, Best Children’s Short at Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Winter (2016), the second film in the Little Whispers series, has screened at festivals all over the world, received its Canadian premiere at 2016 TIFF Kids, and was selected to screen at Cannes as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program.
Mustard Seed (2017), the third short in her series, was completed in Berlin last fall and recently won first prize, Heart, Minds and Soul award at its world premiere in Rhode Island.
Lina was a member of the competitive TIFF Talent Lab 2017.