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Hello Destroyer

Canada 2016. Dir: Kevan Funk. 110 min. DCP

CLOSING WEEKEND | SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
RECEPTION, REFRESHMENTS & PRODUCERS
HAYDN WAZELLE & DANIEL DOMACHOWSKI IN ATTENDANCE

6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of Hello Destroyer

Timely, uncompromising, and devastating, Vancouver filmmaker Kevan Funk’s debut feature raises troubling questions about how we teach boys to become adults, particularly within the context of our national obsession: hockey. A new recruit on the junior-league Prince George Warriors, Tyson Burr (Jared Abrahamson) is an enforcer, tasked with digging the puck out of corners and protecting more skilled players. Shy and inarticulate, he’s the product of a world that values aggression over emotional development. When Tyson grievously injures an opponent, he discovers that the “family” around him is much more self-serving and cutthroat than he thought. Few Canadian artists have had the courage to question our assumptions about our national game; fewer still have mounted such a forceful critique of an athletics system that forges young boys into weapons, then abandons them when they become inconvenient. B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award, VIFF. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF


COARSE LANGUAGE; VIOLENCE; NUDITY
PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

 

REVIEWS

"Built to last in a way that most feature debuts simply are not ... Hello Destroyer is set to get a lot of attention."

Cinema Scope | full review