Other gems 2020 / PS
Sofia Bohdanowicz

MS Slavic 7

Canada / 2019 / Color / HD, Stereo / 64’
French Premiere

A young woman walks into a cold, anonymous hotel room and starts unpacking. She takes out some clothes and puts them in the closets, together with a few books, that we only see from afar at first, but which are the real reason for her visit. Young Sofia is going to Harvard Library to read the correspondence between her great-grand-mother, Polish poet Zofia Bohdanowiczowa, and poet Józef Wittlinn.
The title MS Slavic 7 is actually the reference code of the bunch of letters. The film traces the exploration of a literary lineage. Sofia Bohdanowicz is played on screen by actress and co-director Deragh Campbell. In frontal compositions based on symmetry, she lingers on every element that may lead to or hinder the emergence of meaning, the construction of the image of her ancestor, known only through the literary and epistolary traces she has left behind. The materiality of letters, at once items to be handled and the focus of inheritance quarrels, matters as much to the director as their content. Thereby Sofia, portrayed by Deragh, spends as much time handling them with care, as she does building a meticulous text analysis, in shots without reverse shots. The person she is speaking to might be the translator of the letters, or maybe someone else who will remain unknown, it doesn’t matter; Bohdanowicz’s real subject is the patient process of shining a light, both literally and intellectually, on a story of which she is the depository, and on how this excavation resonates today. (N.L.)

Technical sheet

Original version: English, Polish.
Subtitles: English.
Screenplay: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell.
Cinematography and sound: Sofia Bohdanowicz.
Editing : Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell.
Cast: Deragh Campbell, Elizabeth Rucker.
Production : Calvin Thomas, Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell.
Distribution : Sofia Bohdanowicz.

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Sofia Bohdanowicz - Canada

Filmography

  • Veslemøy’s Song / 2018 / 9’
  • The Soft Space / 2018 / 4’
  • Maison du bonheur / 2017 / 62’
  • A Drownful Brilliance of Wings / 2016
  • Never Eat Alone / 2016 / 67’
  • Dalsza Modlitwa / 2013 / 6’
  • Wieczór / 2013 / 19’
  • Modlitwa / 2013 / 7’

Other gems

Synopsis

Florence Pazzottu A woman sweeps the floor, then hands the broom to a man: he sweeps a bit, and hands it back to her. In this film, named after Vasari's biography of Giorgione, man and woman reenact...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Janaína Nagata Janaína Nagata, brazilian film director, buys a 16mm film reel on the internet without knowing its contents: she discovers an Afrikaner family film shot in South Africa in the...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Pierre Creton In the Paris metro, there’s a man in a black mask. An anti-vax demonstration passes by the indifferent camera. The man goes home, the sound of social anger following him inside, but...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Pauline Bastard What is political rhetoric? How is a word embodied? How do we establish a listening ear? These are all questions at the heart of so called politics. And just as decisive, who is...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Tetsuichiro Tsuta Somewhere in Japan, two men live in a new age house, through the windows of which the reflections and ripples of the rain shimmer in black and white. One of them explains to a...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Vadim Kostrov In Orpheus (FID 2021), Vadim Kostrov returned as a young man to the industrial city of his youth, Nijni Taguil, in the Urals. A year later, we’re back in the same city, but in a...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Saleh Kashef Young Iranian director Salef Kashefi creates a poetic diary out of pieces of his life in Paris. Graceful young faces filmed ever so tenderly, the golden radiance of religious paintings,...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Declan Clarke What are the wild waves saying ? Following up on Saturn and beyond (Georges de Beauregard International Award, FID 2021), Declan Clarke listens in again. The waves here, are those...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Elisabeth Perceval Nicolas Klotz "So long Michael": with utmost simplicity, a tribute to Michael Lonsdale, who died in september 2020. Shot a few months before his death, the images show us the...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022
Synopsis

Nataliya Ilchuk Ukrainian youths, hanging out, by day and night. Metalhead piercings, self-portrait questionnaires, the circulation of desire. The poverty of the images tells of amateur DV cameras,...

En savoir +
Other gems 2022