A FILM BY SOFIA BOHDANOWICZ
WEDNESDAY JUNE 7 | 9PM | NEPTUNE'S SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE | 101 mins
$10 @ THE DOOR | $8 ADVANCE/STUDENT/SENIOR/UNWAGED
What does it take to be declared “the Chantal Akerman of Canada”? Ask Sofia Bohdanowicz, whose first feature, Never Eat Alone, has earned her just that title (as well as the Emerging Canadian Director Award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival). Joan Benac stars as a retired actress, widowed and wondering about an old flame from her television days. Her granddaughter, played by Deragh Campbell, offers to help find this man, but… has too much time passed? As wistful as it is wise, the film binds documentary and fiction with tender threads of aging, loneliness, and lost love.
HIFF is pleased to present this debut alongside a trio of earlier shorts meditating on memory and mourning: Modlitwa (A Prayer), Wieczór (An Evening), and Dalsza Modlitwa (Another Prayer). This profound slate of work heralds the arrival of a sensitive, singular voice in Canadian filmmaking.
The screening will be follow by a Q+A session with Sofia Bohdanowicz.
Sofia Bohdanowicz is an experimental filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. Her most recent collection of shorts, Last Poems (2014), explore the passing of her grandmother through the poetry of her great-grandmother, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa. The trilogy screened at the Museum of Moving Image in New York and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Her first feature, Never Eat Alone, a genre-defying documentary about lost love, family and regret, premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, where she won the Emerging Canadian Director Award. Bohdanowicz’s second feature, Maison du bonheur, had its World Premiere at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI) and screened with a retrospective of her work. The film made its North American Premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. Bohdanowicz is currently in pre-production for her third feature titled Veslemøy’s Song and will be pursuing her MFA at York University in the fall.