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Is a member of: EIFF 2011
Higher Ground

USA/English (114 mins)

Western Canada Premiere! Vera Farmiga’s remarkably assured directorial debut, a 2011 Sundance and Tribeca favorite, Higher Ground depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir, ‘This Dark World’, the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman’s struggles with belief, love, and trust—in human relationships as well as in God.

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts in recent memory, Vera Farmiga’s film at once questions and embraces the role of faith and spirituality in our lives – without ever once reverting to the ugly stereotypes so prevalent in movies about religion. It’s funny and provocative and it will stay with you for days. This is easily the best movie about ‘faith’ since Robert Duvall’s The Apostle.

AWARDS: Grand Jury Prize (nominee) - 2011 Sundance Film Festival


  • Carly Hugo
  • Claude Dal Farra
  • Jon Rubinstein
  • Matthew Parker
  • Renn Hawkey


  • Vera Farmiga


  • Carolyn S. Briggs
  • Tim Metcalfe


  • Bill Irwin
  • Dagmara Dominczyk
  • Donna Murphy
  • John Hawkes
  • Joshua Leonard
  • Vera Farmiga

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