Toronto International Film Festival 2019 - Honourable Mention
US Premiere: AFI Fest New Auteurs - *European Premiere TBA*
Anne — played by Deragh Campbell, in one of the year’s most staggering performances — is a volatile young woman challenged by everyday social and professional encounters, in the latest from Kazik Radwanski (Tower, How Heavy This Hammer).
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Anne is a mid-20s, single, daycare center worker, whose personal and work-based responsibilities begin to destabilize her. After an overwhelming skydiving trip on the occasion of her best friend Sara's bachelorette party, Anne begins to apply a care-free joyousness to the mundanity of her conservative job, the effects of which begin to spill into her personal life, testing the relationships of her friends and family. At Sara's wedding, Anne meets Matt, who takes to her offbeat, confrontational charms, but pushes the limits of what's acceptable when even the rules of intimacy seem punishing.
Cast Deragh Campbell, Matt Johnson, Dorothea Paas, Lawrene Denkers
Crew Director Kazik Radwanski
Screenplay Kazik Radwanski
Cinematography Nikolay Michaylov
Editing Ajla Odobašic
Producers Dan Montgomery, Kazik Radwanski
Executive Producers Nathan Silver, C. Mason Wells
Production companies Medium Density Fibreboard Films (MDFF),
Sound Alex Hennessey, Ian Reynolds
Original Title Anne at 13,000 ft
Length 75 mins
Format DCP | Colour | 5.1
Kazik Radwanski was born in Toronto.
His shorts include the festival selections PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (2008), OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA (2009), GREEN CRAYONS (2010), and SCAFFOLD (2017). His feature credits include TOWER (2012) and HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER (2015), which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"Stylistically shaped around the protagonist, Radwansk’s filmi keeps us in close proximity to Anne without explicitly revealing her psychology, avoiding the pitfalls and clichés of a character study and refusing to define her uneasy state of mind. Perennial VIFF and independent Canadian film star Deragh Campbell (MS Slavic 7, Fail to Appear) gives one of the year’s best performances, crafting a fully realized character at once unknowable to the viewer yet deeply and completely felt." Vancouver International Film Festival
"Deragh Campbell delivers a knockout performance in Kazik Radwanski's ANNE AT 13,000 FT. A quick, lean and intimate character study, ANNE AT 13,000 FT presents a moving portrait of a young woman who may be losing her grasp on reality." Calgary International Film Festival
"Derah Campbell’s layered and dynamic performance as Anne draws us into an intimate portrait of a volatile, young woman struggling to find her place in society. With his third feature, Kaz Radwanski establishes his talents within modern Canadian cinema and explores the complexities of mental illness with great empathy. " AFI Fest
“Heralds impressive talents to watch in both Radwanski and Campbell.” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“Driven by a fearless, fully committed central performance.” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“A symphony of social awkwardness.” SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
"Anxiously funny... quietly shattering." MUBI
“A cathartic sensory experience.” THE FILM STAGE
“One of the best performance - Toronto's top moments” THE GUARDIAN
“The parallels between the Belgian [Dardennes] brothers and Radwanski are particularly apparent.” CINEMASCOPE
“Sincere, inventive and intense filmmaking that is impossible to shake.” GLOBE AND MAIL
“Campbell’s riveting performance as a woman on the verge of vertigo is a sight to behold.” TORONTO STAR
"The close-up not only accurately captures and represents Anne’s state of mind but it also, in a way, makes the audience complicit in these mounting pressures." FILMPULSE
Saturday 16 at 3:30pm (AFI Fest)
Sunday 17 at 5:45pm (AFI Fest)
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