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Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore
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A poetic experimental documentary circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, MALNI - TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world, and something much deeper inside.

After multiple short films at the Festival, filmmaker Sky Hopinka returns with his first feature-length film, made in his signature style. With luscious imagery and a seducing score, Hopinka takes us on a journey through language and belief. We follow Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier on their separate paths, contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. A beautiful lesson subtly arises about humanity’s place on this and other worlds, deceptively small and profoundly deep.

As with Hopinka’s shorts, MALNI is stunning on the big screen in both cinematography and idea. His films become more beautiful with his artistic use of language, both spoken and written. The intimate film unfolds in ourselves to something so large you’ll be thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.

3 day rental • NR • 82 min. • In Chinuk Wawa with subtitles


“This ethereal experimental documentary by Sky Hopinka is an essential portrait of contemporary Indigenous life.”
New York Times

“Rapturous. Stunning. At times, Małni Feels like a richly woven ghost story."
— Hyperallergenic

“Watching Maɬni…I felt a sense of replenishment. A lyrical art film that uses ancestral storytelling techniques to share experiences of Indigenous living and political resistance.”
— Vanity Fair

“Stunning. Hopinka’s use of color in Malni is nothing short of astonishing. One of the most awe-inspiring films I saw.”
— RogerEbert.com

“Hopinka subtly inverts the tropes of the ethnographic documentary to depict indigenous life from an indigenous perspective.”
— Cinema Scope