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.

“One of the year’s most jarring and accomplished debuts.”

Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope, on Tower

Canada 2012
Kazik Radwanski
78 min. DCP

After a string of buzzed-about shorts, Kazik Radwanski inaugurated a new school of Canadian art cinema with the Locarno premiered Tower, his (and MDFF’s) first feature-length film. Named one of the best Toronto movies of all time by Now Magazine, Radwanski’s big-league debut follows the rudderless routine of 34-year-old Derek (Derek Bogart), a balding, basement-dwelling animator unable (or unwilling) to advance into adulthood. Single, still living at home, and working low-commitment construction for his uncle, Derek finds himself unprepared for the intimacy of a new relationship. Raccoons, meanwhile, get into the family’s trash, prompting Derek, in a feeble display of agency, to concoct a plan to capture one. This intimate, unvarnished character portrait, shot handheld in claustrophobic proximity to its principal (a Radwanski hallmark), offers jagged-pill insights into a generation’s arrested maturation. A TIFF and New Directors/New Films selection.

“Sandpaper-coarse comedy … A Sisyphus for the Asperger’s era.” Scott Foundas, Village Voice

preceded by

Out in that Deep Blue Sea
Canada 2009
Kazik Radwanski
16 min. 35mm

An unstable real-estate agent suffers corporate burnout and parental crisis in Radwanski’s Genie-nominated snapshot of midlife stagnation. Canada’s Top Ten Shorts 2009.