International Competition



Donna has recently been convicted of “DWI” and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take the dog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness.

Japanese Premiere

Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Guest Talk Session After Screening


Director:Heather Young

  • Canada
  • 2019
  • 86min
  • Color
  • DCP
  • English
  • JPN Sub.

Writer: Heather Young | Main Casts: Shan MacDonald | Screenplay: Heather Young | Producer(s): Martha Cooley, Heather Young | Cinematographer: Jeff Wheaton | Sound: Josh Owen | Editor: Heather Young | Mix: Andreas Mendritzki | Music: Sarah DeCourcy

World Premiere : Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Winner of Discovery Programme FIPRESCI Prize

A Canadian filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She made the short films Howard And Jean (2014), Fish (2016) and Milk (2017). Her first feature Murmur received the FIPRESCI Prize for the Discovery Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Director’s Statement

The idea for Murmur came after completing my short docufiction, Howard and Jean, which was about my mother and her relationship with her chihuahua. The story centers around an older woman who experiences severe anxiety with her loneliness and emotionally relies on her small dog for her comfort.