by Sofia Bohdanowicz
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Canada · 2018 · DCP · Black and White · 9' · o.v. English
Audrey Benac, a young woman, delves into the archives of the New York Public Library in search of a rare recording produced in 1909 and titled Veslemøy’s Song. Shot on hand-processed black and white 16 mm, the film investigates the faded legacy of the once-celebrated Canadian violinist, Kathleen Parlow.
Selected in the Signs of Life competition 2018
Digging within the family archive, director Sofia Bohdanowicz discovered that Kathleen Parlow, a prodigious Canadian violinist, used to be a teacher to her grandfather. Keeping up with her previous work, moving between fiction and documentary, and using the presence of her avatar Audrey (Deragh Campbell), Bohdanowicz explores Parlow’s absence from today’s history, at the same time she’s working on reconstructing her own family’s intimate and personal memories.
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Sofia Bohdanowicz is a Toronto-based filmmaker who was awarded the Emerging Canadian Director Award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival for her first feature, "Never Eat Alone". In 2017, she also won the Best Canadian Documentary Award for "Maison du bonheur". A retrospective of her work was held at BAFICI in 2017.