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World Premiere

Director: Daiva Zalnieriunas

Canada, 2019, 12 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2020

Category:Narrative Short

Cast:Nina Gilmour, Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Tony Nappo, Nigel Williams, Valerie Buhagiar, Majorie Chan

Crew:Writer: Nina Gilmour. Producer: Emily Harris.


An aimless young woman attends her mother's dinner party. Tensions rise as she tries to defend her millennial life to her disappointed mother and her once progressive, now well-heeled, friends who can't wrap their minds around gender politics. All leads to a shocking reveal...


About the director

Daiva Johnston Zalnieriunas is a Toronto actor, producer and filmmaker. Daiva began her career acting in theatre, co-founding Written On Water Theatre Company, performing Shakespeare and new-devised works. Eventually she made her way into film, working alongside director partner Fantavious Fritz in the roles of actor, assistant director, and producer for several short films including Tuesday (TIFF), Paradise Falls (TIFF Top Ten), Lewis (Slamdance), Good Boy (TIFF), Practice (Vimeo Staff Pick), Mouseland (Topic), August 22nd of This Year (post-production), and produced music videos for Montreal's TOPS' Turn Your Love Around and Charlotte Day Wilson's Work (Prism Prize 2018). As an actor, her film and TV credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, In the Dark, Private Eyes, Shadow Hunters, The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship, Shoot the Messenger, Salvation, Compulsion, Star Trek, I Am Syd Stone, and more. Daiva has directed two short films, Farewell Winona (Maryland Film Festival, NoBudge-favorite short film) and Coucou. Currently, she is producing two features, The Maiden and Tandis qu'il reste.


Filmmaker's note

I am interested in exploring the fated gap created between generations--especially when our world seems to be changing ever-so-quickly. How do we stay connected? "Coucou" is a firecracker--a very rich compacted drama that explores the relationship between millennial and baby boomer, and inevitably explodes.

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