Before Tomorrow

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Before Tomorrow
Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Madeline Ivalu
Starring Madeline Ivalu
Paul-Dylan Ivalu
Music by Anna McGarrigle
Kate McGarrigle
Joel Zifkin
Distributed by Alliance Motion Picture Distribution
Release date
  • September 7, 2008 (2008-09-07) (Toronto)
  • March 27, 2009 (2009-03-27) (Canada)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Canada
Language Inuktitut

Before Tomorrow (French title Le jour avant le lendemain) is a Canadian drama film, released in 2008. Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, the film is an adaptation of the novel Før Morgendagen by Danish writer Jørn Riel. It was the third film released by Igloolik Isuma Productions, an Inuit film studio best known for the film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, and is the first feature film to be made by Arnait Video Productions, a women's Inuit film collective.

Set in a small Inuit community in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec in the 1840s, the film stars Madeline Ivalu as Ninioq, an Inuk elder isolated with her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu) after most of their community perishes from smallpox transmitted by strange traders. The film's cast also includes Mary Qulitalik as Kuutujuk, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq as Apak and Tumasie Sivuarapik as Kukik. The film was shot near Puvirnituq in Nunavik, northern Quebec.


The film garnered numerous Genie Award nominations at the 30th Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Paul-Dylan Ivalu), Best Actress (Madeline Ivalu), Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

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