‘Until Branches Bend,’ debut film from Vancouver director Sophie Jarvis, gets a cinematic release

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      Unsurprisingly, Hollywood North has no end of talented filmmakers. Vancouver’s own Sophie Jarvis premiered her debut feature, Until Branches Bend, at Toronto International Film Festival last year—and now it’s hitting cinemas across the country. 

      Until Branches Bend will show at theatres around Canada from March 20 onwards. It will play at New Westminister’s Landmark Cinemas for one night only on March 20, and at Vancouver’s VIFF Centre between March 24 and 30. 

      Shot in the Okanagan, the film follows Robin (Grace Glowicki, Tito, Raf), a pregnant cannery worker who finds a potentially invasive insect in a peach. She takes her concerns public, while also seeking an abortion—and sends shockwaves through her picture-perfect small town. 

      Newcomer Alexandra Roberts co-stars as Robin’s younger sister Laney, while other cast members include local actor Quelemia Sparrow (Motherland: Fort Salem), Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale, White Chicks) and Antoine DesRochers (Antigone, It’s Only The End of the World). 

      Jarvis’ film won Best BC Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Prix de Soleure 2023 at Solothurner Filmtage, a CMPA Indiescreen Award, and has a boatload of nominations from both the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards and Canadian Screen Awards.

      If you want something more than merely just the multi-award-winning film, Jarvis and some of the cast and crew will be chatting to the hometown crowd on March 25, at a Q&A following the 3pm screening at the VIFF Centre. 

      Until Branches Bend will be showing from March 24 to 30 at VIFF Centre. Tickets are on sale here.