Presented by RBC


Maura Mackenzie (Carolina Bartczak) believes the world is hers to conquer. With her career as a concert pianist gaining momentum, it seems her beauty and talent will be strong enough to mask the demons that threaten to engulf her. But with an absent husband (Chris Jacot) and two young daughters at home, her precarious sanity begins to unravel until one summer day, burning with manic energy, she makes a terrible mistake — a mistake that will change her life forever. The consequences for Maura are catastrophic: her ambitious husband runs for his life, taking the children with him, leaving Maura to lapse into a full-scale breakdown. Life as she knew it is now over. With the help of her father, Ian (Peter MacNeill), Maura works to reclaim her life and waits for a miracle to bring her daughters home. But when the fates align, can the past be forgiven?


Directed by Festival favourite Deanne Foley (Relative Happiness), this universal story of the redemptive power of a mother’s love is adapted from the popular, award-winning novel, “An Audience of Chairs” by Joan Clark.


Director: Deanne Foley
Writer: Rosemary House
Producers: Jill Knox-Gosse, Eric Jordan, Paul Stephens, Lynne Wilson
Cast: Carolina Bartczak, Peter MacNeill, Gord Rand, Edie Inksetter, Christopher Jacot
Cinematographer:  James Klopko
Editor: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Country: Canada
Runtime: 93 minutes




Friday Night Reception



Friday, Sept. 14, 9:00PM

The Compass Room – Casino Nova Scotia

1983 Upper Water Street


Join us for one of our favourite nights each Festival as we celebrate the best in Atlantic Canadian filmmaking at the spectacular Compass room inside Casino Nova Scotia.  This event is open to Passholders and “An Audience of Chairs” Ticket Holders exclusively.