Tower - 7PM
(drama, 2012, 78 minutes)
Already well-known on the international festival circuit for his signature short films, Toronto filmmaker Kazik Radwanski makes his feature debut with this micro-budget character study, shot over eight months with no rehearsals, and only a skeletal script of guiding improvisational material.
Tower centres on a thirty-four year old man, Derek, who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Canada. Unlike his married brother who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career. Although he aspires to become a graphic-animator, he works part-time at his uncle’s construction company. Late at night he wanders the street alone and frequents nightclubs in search of companionship. Derek suddenly finds himself in an intimate relationship with a woman he meets, Nicole. When a neighbourhood raccoon becomes a constant nuisance by tearing up his family’s garbage, Derek sets out to catch it.
Director Kazik Radwanski was born in Toronto in 1985. He studied filmmaking at Ryerson University and co-founded the production company MDFF with his producing partner Dan Montgomery. Their films screened at the Berlinale Shorts Competition for three consecutive years with Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008), Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009) and Green Crayons (2010).
Tower premiered at the acclaimed Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, screened at TIFF, and more recently screened at New Directors/New Films.
Location: Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street
A Q+A with the director will follow the screening.