Saturday March 10, 7:30pm
Double Feature film #1
Maison du bonheur
A deceptively simple documentary, Sofia Bohdanowicz’s sophomore feature film gently recounts the day-to-day existence of Juliane Sellam, a professional astrologer in Paris, France. Bohdanowicz immerses us in the marginalia of Juliane’s life, at least, the life she wants us to see – but Bohdanowicz also filters the film through her own voice and persona, evincing just enough for us to realize that Juliane is picking and choosing what to disclose to the viewer. A story of two women emerges, one old, one young, and the experience of watching Maison du Bonheur unfurls in new and delightful ways.
A lovely film which revels in the minutia of domestic rites (captured in gorgeous 16mm), Maison du bonheur is a pleasure to experience, a glimpse into the process of revisionist memory, nostalgia, and a soft examination of the self.
“With absorbing narrative variety paired with great aesthetic unity, Maison du Bonheur reverentially depicts the significance of a feminine legacy.” Chelsea Phillips-Carr, POV Magazine
Best Canadian Documentary, Vancouver Film Critics Circle
Preceded by Send Us Smokes
Double Feature film #2
The Three Poems Trilogy
Following the screening of Maison du bonheur, director Sofia Bohdanowicz will introduce her trilogy of short films from 2014 via skype. In many ways a dense encapsulation of her innovative body of work thus far, The Three Poems is at first an intimate document of the everyday existence of her paternal grandmother that eventually evolves into a profoundly moving meditation on memory and matriarchal legacy.
“The infinities of a life, whether shared or solitary, remembered or forgotten, lived or imagined, seem to be at the heart of the Toronto native’s cinema… The films are at once formally rigorous and intensely personal, tracing a life as it moves into death and finally into afterlife and memory.” – Lawrence Garcia, MUBI Notebook
This screening is free with the price of admission for Maison du bonheur