Marianne Farley’s Film FRIMAS Makes the Oscar’s Shortlist for 2022


FRIMAS Makes the Oscar’s Shortlist for 2022

Reporter: Lakisa Renee



When getting an abortion has once again become a criminal offense, Kara is confronted by a grim and brutal reality. Even though obvious dangers are at play, she seeks out the services of an illegal mobile abortion clinic. Once inside the meanders of this morbid clinic, she is faced with devastating repercussions.


The director explains, “The important thing for me was that people understand that bans and restricting access to abortion has an impact on actual human beings. The reality is that women will keep getting abortions, whether it’s legal or not. The difference is, are they going to risk their lives? It happens, like 70,000 women die every year from illegal abortions. I wanted people to take away that no matter what your philosophy is around abortion rights or abortion, it has a very real impact on women.”





FRIMAS: OSCAR SHORTLIST


Cultured Focus met with Director Marianne Farley as she discusses the importance women’s rights, why she chose the sensitive topic of abortion for her film, and what she hopes audience take away from her film.





Marianne Farley is a director/screenwriter, producer, and actress from Montreal, Canada.

FRIMAS premiered at the Oscar qualifying festival Regard, then it went on to screen at Off-Courts Trouville, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, and can soon be seen at Mill Valley Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury in Ontario, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Miami Short Film Festival, Show Me Shorts and Asiana International Short Film Festival.


Her second critically acclaimed short film MARGUERITE won over forty awards around the globe and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Live Action Short Film in 2019. Marianne is in the post production phase of her first feature film NORTH OF ALBANY (co-written with Claude Brie). Her experience as an actress drives every decision she makes as a director. Marianne also produced LES NÔTRES by Jeanne Leblanc in which she plays one of the lead roles. Through her production company SLYKID & SKYKID she is also developing the feature films LA FAUCHE (written by Camille Trudel) and À DEMI- SOUPIR (co-written with Claude Brie).





FRIMAS premiered at the Oscar qualifying festival Regard, then it went on to screen at Off-Courts Trouville, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, and can soon be seen at Mill Valley Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury in Ontario, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Miami Short Film Festival, Show Me Shorts and Asiana International Short Film Festival. Award-winning Actress Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Meynon Media’s Dan DeNicola executive produced the film FRIMAS.

Ô Films is a Montreal-based production company founded by Sophie Ricard-Harvey and Charlotte Beaudoin-Poisson, which specializes in developing and producing projects by filmmakers whose vision stands out locally and internationally. The strikingly beautiful cinematography of FRIMAS was crafted by Benoit Beaulieu.



Marianne Farley

Director/Writer/Producer/Actress

IG: @farleymarianne

Website: https://www.mariannefarley.com/


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