Thursday, 2 February
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Shifting between Armenia and Toronto, this small "hand-made" but deeply poignant film by Armenian-Canadian indie filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) is a marvelous depiction of the break-up of a relationship. Like the relationship depicted in the film, the movie itself is also fragmented... with the real location actually being Egoyan's apartment in Toronto, but with the past being pieced together through the watching of videotapes. As the tapes play we witness the couple's trip to Armenia.
While our couple travel through Armenia they visit a few historical locations, including the ancient temple of Garni, to make pictures for a calendar. Slowly we see that the photographer and his lover have different reactions to this land of their ancestors. What is coming out is a deep underlining tension that already existed between them, but which they didn't want to admit. Although the film is about the sadness of a disintegrating relationship, it also contains a lot of subtle humor, making it a bittersweet film. The incredible intimacy this film captures is rare in cinema, and is probably only possible because the two lead roles are played by director Egoyan himself, along with his wife Arsinée Khanjian. This was an almost zero budget film and therefore got very little distribution, despite it being one of the director's most astounding works.
Inspired partly by Sergei Parajanov's classic The Color of the Pomegranates, Calendar is undoubtedly Egoyan's most personal film... and it is also one of the Canadian director's most soul-searching cinematic journeys.
This will be a high-definition screening.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €