Modern Construction: An MDFF Retrospective
Screening Dates

This screening has been cancelled due to The Cinematheque's temporary closure in response to concerns around COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found here.

“An elegantly unembellished style that verges on the Bressonian.”

Art of the Real 2018, Film at Lincoln Center

Canadian new wave fixture Deragh Campbell (Anne at 13,000 ft, Never Eat Alone) shines as an inexperienced Toronto caseworker navigating an arduous and impersonal mental-health system in writer-director Antoine Bourges’s understated, formally austere debut feature. Still acclimating to her new job, Isolde (Campbell) is assigned to a despondent, middle-aged man awaiting a court hearing for petty theft (Nathan Roder). As Isolde grapples with inadequate resources, bureaucratic protocols, and professional insecurity, she struggles to foster a trusting bond with her client. Bourges, returning to the frontlines of social safety net services previously explored in his Downtown Eastside trilogy, frames the quiet drama in measured, uninterrupted static shots. Campbell impresses with a remarkably lived-in performance; chief MDFF cinematographer Nikolay Michaylov lenses.

Antoine Bourges will join us in person on Saturday, March 21 to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

“Campbell is a naturalistic revelation.”

Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail

“An effort born of intelligence and boundless curiosity.”

Lawrence Garcia, MUBI Notebook