MS Slavic 7
Canada | 2019 | DCP | Color | 64 min | Sofia Bohdanowicz
FRIDAY 4 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 21:45 HRS | 95 MIN (Q&A with Director)
SUNDAY 6 | CINEMEX PLAZA INSURGENTES SALA 6 | 21:30 HRS | 95 MIN (Q&A with Director)
Director: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
Screenplay: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
Producer: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell, Calvin Thomas.
Cinematography: Sofia Bohdanowicz
Editing: Sofia Bohdanowicz
Sound: Elma Bello / Matthew Chan
Production Company: Seeland Filmproduktion GmbH
Cast: Deragh Campbell – Mariusz Sibiga – Elizabeth Rucker – Aaron Danby
After being appointed literary executor, a young woman named Audrey uncovers a series of letters that her great-grandmother had written to a fellow poet. Both displaced from Poland, Zofia Bohdanowiczowa and Nobel Prize nominee Józef Wittlin corresponded from 1957- 1964 between Toronto, Wales and New York City. Set over the course of three days, Audrey embarks on a journey to Houghton Library at Harvard University to translate and make sense of Zofia’s words. Coming up against her aunt’s disapproval as well as complications of access to the material, Audrey struggles to dig into an intimate past while facing her own existen- tially troubled present. Between silent segments of handling the letters at the archive and discursive monologues that articulate her findings, the film traces the emotional movement through the research process. MS Slavic 7 interrogates the tragic beauty and transcendent potential of human connection.
Sofia Bohdanowicz is a Toronto-based filmmaker. She won the Emerging Canadian Direc- tor award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival for her debut feature, Never Eat Alone. In 2017, Bohdanowicz won the Jay Scott Prize and had a retrospective of her work at BAFICI. Her second feature, Mason du bonheur, was awarded Best Canadian Documentary by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and was nominated for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Prize by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Bohdanowicz is a Berlinale Talents alumni, and is currently in development on her fourth feature film.
Deragh Campbell is a Toronto-based filmmaker and actor. Her performance credits include lead roles in I Used to Be Darker (Matthew Porterfield, 2013), Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver, 2016), Never Eat Alone (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2016), Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (Julian Radlmaier, 2017) and Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges, 2018). She has received writing credits on a number of her acting projects, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for screenwriting. She was selected for the Rising Star program at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and for the Artist Academy at the 2018 New York Film Festival. MS Slavic 7 is her first feature film as co-director.
Berlinale – FORUM 2019, Germany