Friday, November 12, 2010


November 23rd!

Save the date because Refocus' second screening is happening that night. A FREE (as always) double bill of two of the year's best American films. Aaron Katz's COLD WEATHER will be screening for the first time in Toronto, and Josh and Benny Safdie's DADDY LONGLEGS will be screening for the first time in Canada.


The screening is at Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave).

Aaron Katz | 2010 | 96 min | USA

Official Selection SXSW Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFEST.

"An impressive experiment in genre in more ways than one: a pulp fiction of troublesome dames and distinctly costumed villains, wedded to conversational comedy, while also a subtle exploration of friendship... Nobody does unspoken tension and unforced sensuality quite like Aaron Katz." —LA Weekly

"I doubt there will be a better American film this year" - Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope

When his life in Chicago implodes, forensic science graduate Doug gives up his pursuit of science and returns to Portland, Oregon to work in an ice factory, read Sherlock Holmes novels, spend time with his sister, and generally mope around. Yet, just as director Aaron Katz lures the viewer into expecting another study of 20-something ennui, he turns the plot on its head when Doug’s ex-girlfriend mysteriously disappears. With sublimely lyrical visuals by cinematographer Andrew Reed, Katz (Dance Party, USA) ratchets up the suspense while playfully riffing on the standard mystery genre tropes, casting Doug’s sister as the Watson character and reimagining that relationship as an exploration of familial communication. -BAMcinemaFEST


2009 | Josh and Benny Safdie | 100 min | USA

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight), and Sundance Film Festival.
Nominated: Gotham Awards - Best Breakthrough Actor, Ronald Bronstein.

..."This beautiful, off-the-cuff comedy-drama recalls John Cassavetes' shaggiest, most honest work." -Joe Neumaier, The New York Daily News

"Suppose what we call "parenting" is just a situation in which overgrown kids take care of smaller ones? That's the underlying premise of Daddy Longlegs—a funny, fantastic, genuinely alarming quasi-autobiographical cheapster by twentysomething New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

After months of being alone, sad, busy, sidetracked, free, lofty, late and away from his kids, Lenny (Ronald Bronstein, the writer/director of FROWNLAND), 34 with graying frazzled hair, picks his kids up from school. Every year he spends of couple of weeks with his sons Sage (Sage Ranaldo), 9, and Frey (Frey Ranaldo), 7. Lenny juggles his kids and everything else all within a midtown studio apartment in New York City. He ultimately faces the choice of being their father of their friend with the idea that these two weeks must last 6 months. In these two weeks, a trip upstate, visitors from strange lands, a mother, a girlfriend, “magic” blankets, and complete lawlessness seem to take over their lives. The film is a swan song to excuses and irresponsibility’s; to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what its like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult. -IFC Films

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