Directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld
After her mother’s sudden death, 16-year old Fern sets out to fight for life on her own terms. Inspired by a self-help book, she replaces her grief with the quest to become a millionaire — “all you have to do is save!” With Youth Protection at her heels, she lies to get a job as a live-in janitor (free housing) and then another in a restaurant (free food), collecting whatever she can find along the way. Despite her determination and smarts, Fern’s house of cards beings to crumble — until she finds out that she cannot run from her grief and needs to reach out to the ones she’s been pushing away. Based on the young-adult novel by Edeet Ravel.
The Community Partner for this film is The Society for the Protection and Care of Children.
Director Wiebke von Carolsfeld made her directorial debut with Marion Bridge which was named Best First Feature at Toronto International Film Festival and earned a nomination for Best Direction from the Director’s Guild of Canada, as well as international critical acclaim. Other films she has written and directed include Walk With Us and STAY. Her latest film, The Saver, has earned her nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards and Writer’s Guild of Canada for her screenplay and a nomination as Best Director from the Director’s Guild of Canada. The film has been awarded the Jury Prize from the Green Bay Film Festival, where it was the runner-up for the Audience Award. In reviewing the film, The Toronto Star said, “Von Carolsfeld finds strength and beauty in personal epiphanies of sorrow and joy.”