Featuring: Arlen Aguayo Stewart, Gloria Demassi
Runtime: 82 min
To be announced
While this award-winning debut feature by Katherine Jerkovic unfolds in a low-key manner, this story of a young Montrealer exploring her South American roots contains a wealth of insights and emotions that cut straight to the core. Grieving the recent death of her father, Sarah (Arlen Aguayo Stewart) puts her life in Canada on hold to travel to her dad’s hometown in Uruguay. Alas, her efforts to reconnect with her grandmother (Gloria Demassi) don’t go as she might’ve imagined and the two women struggle to find common ground. Jerkovic’s own goals emerge in a similarly gradual fashion through a series of quiet and graceful scenes. Yet through the accumulation of subtle details and acutely rendered moments, ROADS IN FEBRUARY becomes something uncommonly rich, and therefore a very deserving winner of the Best Canadian First Feature Award at TIFF.
Born in Canada, 1976, to a Uruguayan mother and a Croatian-Argentinian father, Katherine Jerkovic grew up in Belgium and Uruguay. At 18, she settled in Montréal where she pursued film studies at Concordia University, where she received a B.F.A. and Master’s degree. Jerkovic has since directed and produced many short fiction and experimental films that have been screened in a variety of venues, including the Festival du film sur l’art de Montréal, the Images Festival in Toronto, the Anthology Film Archives in New York and the Cinéma du Québec à Paris. Notably Jerkovic recently directed her debut feature-length fiction. She also worked as producer and production manager on many of her colleagues’ films.