Snow Cake, the long-gestating drama starring Alan Rickman,Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss, has finally started shooting in Canada.

The UK-Canada co-productionbegan shooting in Ontario this week and relocates to Toronto at the end of themonth, wrapping on May 19th.

Marc Evans, whose creditsinclude Trauma and My Little Eye, is directing, with Niv Fichmanand Jessica Daniel from Rhombus Media and Gina Carter and Andrew Eaton fromRevolution Films producing.

"It's such a heart-warmingscript and a truly inspired cast," says Fichman, whose credits include TheRed Violin. "Snow Cake is an exquisitely intimate story exploringsome fairly explosive themes - the relationships between damaged and disparateindividuals, the meaning of grief and the nature of imperfect love."

The script, by first-time UKscreenwriter Angela Pell, is about a tight-lipped Englishman, played byRickman, who gives a ride to a young hitch-hiker only for her to be killed in acar crash. Distraught, he seeks out her mother, played by Weaver, and starts tobuild relationships with her and her sassy, independent neighbour, played byMoss.

"Angela sent me her debutscript a year ago and I knew at once she had created something very special,"said Eaton, who worked with Evans on Resurrection Man. "It is atestament to the quality of her writing that we have managed to bring togethersuch a brilliantly talented group of people. It is especially great to beworking with Marc again."

Evans added: "Angela'sscreenplay is the best thing I had read in a long, long time, and we havemanaged to attract a really tremendous cast."