Sofia BohdanowiczCanada66 minutes2016English
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The debut feature by Sofia Bohdanowicz is a hybrid fiction in which the filmmaker's maternal grandmother attempts to reconnect with a long-ago lover.
Winner of the Emerging Canadian Director award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival, Never Eat Alone establishes Sofia Bohdanowicz as one of the most exciting young filmmakers in Canada. Carefully composed on low-res digital video, Bohdanowicz's hybrid fiction chronicles her maternal grandmother Joan Benec's attempt to reconnect with an ex-lover, whom she met while co-starring with him in a live television drama filmed at Casa Loma in the 1950s. Joan's granddaughter (played by 2015 TIFF Rising Star Deragh Campbell) tracks down the original broadcast with the hope of reuniting the couple, but this narrative premise is only used as a means to examine tender relationships between family members and explore themes of memory, aging and loneliness. "With a precise but understated vision, Bohdanowicz has the sensitivity and skill of a young Chantal Akerman" (Adam Cook, VIFF).