Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Amybeth McNulty and Mare Winningham
(l to r) Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Amybeth McNulty and Mare Winningham

Production has commenced on All My Puny Sorrows, a dramatic feature film written and directed by Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week), adapted from the international award-winning and best-selling novel by Canadian author Miriam Toews.

All My Puny Sorrows is the poignant story of two Mennonite sisters portrayed by Alison Pill (Vice) and Sarah Gadon (Black Bear) who have left their strict religious upbringing behind. The film explores a unique sibling relationship where Pill’s character Yoli struggles in love and life, yet it is her sister Elf (Gadon), the world-famous concert pianist, that desperately wants to die.

Yoli’s defiant daughter Nora, is played by Anne With An E star, Amybeth McNulty and the sisters’ resilient and unflappable Mennonite mother Lottie, is played by Oscar-nominee Mare Winningham (Georgia).

Rounding out the cast is Donal Logue (Vikings, Gotham) who plays Jake, Lottie’s husband, and Aly Mawji (Silicon Valley) plays Nic, Elf’s husband.

All My Puny Sorrows is produced by McGowan’s Mulmur Feed Co., along with Sugar Shack Productions’ Patrice Theroux, and Carousel Pictures’ Tyler Levine and Katelyn Cursio.

All My Puny Sorrows is supported by the Short-Term Compensation Fund, administered by Telefilm Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada. Production financing provided by Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, and SIM Post Sound and Picture.

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