First-time filmmaker Deborah Chow hit the TIFF scene last September with 'The High Cost of Living' -- the story of a pregnant woman (Isabelle Blais) from Montreal who loses her unborn child in a hit-and-run accident and is subsequently befriended by her hit-and-run driver (Zach Braff). This hard-hitting drama took Toronto by storm and won the filmmaker TIFF's Best Canadian First Feature.

The flick is finally set to open -- in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal -- to a wider audience on Friday. To mark the opening, sat down with Chow, who dished about her love of fantasy like 'His Dark Materials,' the inspiration she found in Nick Cave, 'Incendies' and the cautionary tale she plans to film next.