MS Slavic 7
True North | Future//Present
Audrey Benac (Deragh Campbell) uncovers a series of letters that her great-grandmother Zofia Bohdanowiczowa had written to a fellow poet, Nobel Prize nominee Józef Wittlin, in a correspondence that took place from 1957-1964. Newly appointed as literary executor of Bohdanowiczowa’s estate, Audrey embarks on a journey to Houghton Library at Harvard University to translate and make sense of Zofia’s words. Over the course of three days, she struggles to dig into an intimate past while facing her own existentially 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.
Co-directors Sofia Bohdanowicz (Emerging Canadian Director Award, VIFF 16) and Campbell return to the character of Benac that they created in Never Eat Alone (VIFF 16) and continued to explore in Veslemøy’s Song (VIFF 18), again poignantly blending together family history and fiction. Complicating notions of temporality and distance, the film sensitively reveals the intangible qualities behind objects and the impressions they leave. At once deconstructing and participating in a search for meaning, MS Slavic 7 interrogates the tragic beauty and transcendent potential of human connection.
Preceded By: Aquí y alláDirector: Lina Rodriguez / ON, 2019, 22 min.
Mixing colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photographs, Aquí y Allá ingeniously upsets conventional notions of static, objective histories and constructs a poetic meditation on the process of time and memory. more...