On the heels of a worldwide festival run that included Venice and Toronto, Graham Foy returns to VIFF with a feature debut that rolls in like a breath of fresh air in its understated, lyrical exploration of teenagers’ inner lives and captures with exquisite softness the emotional reverberations of a generation in mourning.
Reminiscent of early Linklater and Korine, the film opens with an evocative sequence of two boys on a casual suburban prowl. But the air of youthful abandon comes to an abrupt halt as a life is tragically claimed. As the initial shock wears off, another world opens, and we are gradually introduced to a web of delicate teenage bonds in a small suburban community.
Employing a fragmented structure that unfolds like a series of narrative echoes, Foy’s visually arresting and gentle touch reframes the fickle nature of this particularly vulnerable period in life to reveal an achingly tender side of adolescence.
BNL for Cinema of the Future Award, Venice 2022 (Giornate degli Autori)
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Graham Foy is a writer and director based in Toronto. His short film August 22, This Year (2020) was presented at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique and the New York Film Festival. In 2022, his debut feature The Maiden won the TRT First Cut+ Award for works-in-progress at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival prior to its world premiere in the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori.