Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

An interlude of mournful and mirrorlike tranquillity … and also a diary, soaked in personal reminiscence.”

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

In this memoir film, director Andrea Segre (Shun Li and the Poet) shares that a crucial part of the legacy of his late father Ulderico, a molecular physicist, was photographic. Though not itself a surprise, it points to an unexplained gap: Ulderico was a prolific photographer and maker of home videos in 1960s Venice, but upon his move to Padua, where his work involving free radicals began in earnest and Andrea was born, he stopped cold: even childhood photographs of Andrea are hard to come by. Set in Venice, Segre’s film began shooting in February 2020, when the pandemic arrived with full force in Italy. So, instead of stories and answers, like in many an excursion into the past, Segre is met by silence, dead ends, and detours, left only to wander the tourist-emptied and suddenly placid canals of his father’s city.

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The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.