Hello Destroyer

Kevan FunkCanada110 minutes201614AColourEnglish

Jared Abrahamson (Fear the Walking Dead) plays a painfully shy but ruggedly capable enforcer on a minor-league hockey team who discovers the cutthroat nature of his locker-room "family," in the forceful first feature from Canadian director Kevan Funk.

Timely, uncompromising, and devastating, Kevan Funk’s Hello Destroyer raises deeply troubling questions about how we teach boys to become adults, particularly within the context of our national obsession: hockey. A new recruit on the minor league Prince George Warriors, Tyson Burr (TIFF 2016 Rising Star Jared Abrahamson) is an enforcer whose primary tasks are digging the puck out of corners and protecting more skilled players. He is painfully shy and inarticulate, the product of a world that values aggression over emotional development. Spurred on by his cliché-spewing coach, Tyson inadvertently injures another player and soon discovers that the "family" he has grown up in is a lot more self-serving and cutthroat than he thought. Few Canadian artists have had the courage to question our assumptions about Canada's 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.

STEVE GRAVESTOCK

Réalisé par Kevan Funk, Hello Destroyer est un film sans compris et dévastateur qui tombe à point nommé : il soulève des questions profondément troublantes sur la façon dont nous élevons les garçons, en particulier dans le contexte du hockey, notre obsession nationale. Tyson Burr (joué par Jared Abrahamson, nommé " Rising Star " au TIFF 2016) est une nouvelle recrue des Prince George Warriors, une équipe de hockey mineur.Ses tâches premièressont de dégager la rondelle des coins et de protéger les joueurs plus expérimentés. Plutôt timide et inarticulé, il est le produitd'un monde qui valorisel'agressivité au détriment de l'épanouissement émotionnel. Encouragépar un entraîneur avide de clichés, Tyson blesse un autre joueur par inadvertance et découvre que la " famille " dans laquelle il a grandi est plus égoïste et sans pitié qu'il ne le croyait. Peu d'artistes canadiens ont eu le courage de remettre en question les pratiques du sport préféré des Canadiens. Et ils sont encore moins nombreux à avoir érigé une critique aussi acérée d'un système sportif qui transforme les jeunes hommesen armes redoutables, puis les abandonne lorsqu'ils deviennent gênants.

YouthViolenceSportsComing of AgeCanadaFirst FeatureDrama
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Kevan Funk

Kevan Funk is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened and won awards at various prestigious festivals worldwide. His feature film debut, Hello Destroyer, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and went on to win a number of awards, including the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF. His short film A Fine Young Man (10) premiered at TIFF and won the Grand Jury Prix at the Melbourne International Film Festival. His shorts Yellowhead (11) and Bison (14) both premiered at TIFF and were named to Canada's Top Ten in their respective years. Funk’s short Destroyer (12), developed through the TIFF Talent Lab, was runner-up for the RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award. His music video for BRAIDS' "Miniskirt"was shortlisted for the 2016 Prism Prize.