Retrospekt (Retrospect)

Retrospekt (Retrospect)

  • Saturday, October 19, 2:30 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

The Workman Arts Theatre has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms.

Esther Rots / 2018 / Dutch and Flemish with English Subtitles / Netherlands, Belgium / 101 min

GENRE: FICTION

TYPE: FILM

Retrospect is a chaotic puzzle of an unreliable narrator’s memories, anarchic bursts of punk music, sporadic and shredded timeline. And yet, in the heart of the story are Mette and her so-called ‘perfect’ nuclear family. Mette (Circé Lethem) is a domestic violence support worker, and the film starts with her intervening in a violent and abusive altercation involving a strange young couple on vacation.  It then jumps to a family dinner where Mette confronts her husband, who clearly doesn’t equate the importance of her career to his. After this uncomfortable scene, back to the future and Mette in the hospital following a catastrophic accident. She’s now in a wheelchair and has no recollection of preceding events. Gradually, Mette starts remembering how she invited Lee (Lien Wildemeersch), a client, to escape an abusive partner by moving in. The arrangement soon explodes, Mette’s flashbacks offering only vague clues to the calamity. But who is really to blame for Mette’s downfall?

CO-PRESENTER

ALSO OF INTEREST

Irene's Ghost

Irene's Ghost

  • Saturday, October 19, 8:30 PM
Workman Arts Theatre

651 Dufferin St
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

The Workman Arts Theatre has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre, and stairs down to the washrooms.

Iain Cunningham / 2018 / UK / 82 min / Canadian Premiere

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Irene’s Ghost is a stunning 6-years-in-the-making documentary that follows a son’s search to find out about the mother he never knew. Cunningham breaks the silence and tracks down his mother’s friends and family to rebuild a picture of her. Cunningham was three when his Mother Irene died. His Father never spoke of it and the family’s silence around Irene meant that she was alive only in Cunningham’s imagination as a thistle seed or in the image of the moon. The birth of his own child inspires a journey to discover the truth about Irene, piecing together fragments of the past to make sense of the present. Utilizing gorgeous animation alongside moving archival footage, Irene’s Ghost lovingly rebuilds Irene’s lost life.

Screening with

Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days
Regina Pessoa | 2019 | Canada | 13 mins | Toronto Premiere

Regina Pessoa’s latest animation beautifully illustrates her childhood memories of her charming and idiosyncratic uncle. This film is a testament of Pessoa’s love and admiration for her uncle’s unique spirit.

#GETMAD: JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Motherhood

How does talking about (or not talking about) post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis impact women and families? After the screening of Irene’s Ghost, we will explore the complicated layers of how post-partum disorders are understood and felt personally as well as culturally through first hand experiences from women and professionals in discussion with the filmmaker.

PANELISTS

Paula
John
Moderator
Iain
Cunningham
Director
Rimsha
Panelist
Wendy
Porch
ED at Centre for Independent Living Toronto
MEDIA PARTNER
She Does the City
CO-PRESENTERS

ALSO OF INTEREST

Retrospekt (Retrospect)

19 OCTOBER 2019

PSYCHOSIS

11, 12, 17, 18, 20 OCTOBER 2019