Featuring: Norah Sadava, Amy Nostbakken, Maev Beaty
Runtime: 91 min
To be announced
One of the country’s most celebrated directors (and a Kingston native to boot), Patricia Rozema returns with what may be her most inventive feature to date. Performed and skillfully adapted by Amy Nostbakken and Sarah Camacho from their award-winning theatre work, MOUTHPIECE portrays a young woman’s struggle to write a eulogy for her mother’s funeral, a task that forces her to grapple with the challenges and complexities that are part of any mother-daughter dynamic. What makes the film so original is the fact that Nostbakken and Camacho simultaneously play two parts of the same character, a strategy that could’ve seemed gimmicky if not for all the wickedly smart dialogue, the duo’s knockout performances and Rozema’s expert direction. A Canada’s Top Ten selection, MOUTHPIECE is an audacious yet immensely moving portrait of grief as well as an insightful exploration of the roles and identities society imposes on women, especially those who – like the bisected heroine here – feel like they may really be many people at once.
Patricia Rozema’s films, though varied in style and content, have always been marked by a humane and tender sensibility. Born in Kingston, ON and raised in the small town of Sarnia, ON in a Dutch Calvinist immigrant family where television was severely restricted, Rozema didn’t go to a movie theatre until she was 16 years old. Rozema then studied philosophy at Calvin College and Seminary in Michigan. After a brief stint in journalism, her first feature, I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING a magical realist film about a socially inept secretary in an art gallery made one of the most outstanding feature debuts in the history of Canadian cinema, as it won the Prix de la Jeunesse and was runner-up for the Camera D’Or (best first feature). The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards including being ranked in TIFF’s list of Top 10 Canadian Films of all time. After an outstanding career, Rozema’s latest feature, MOUTHPIECE premiered as the Special Presentation Opening Night Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian Films of the year. MOUTHPIECE is currently touring on the international film festival circuit. Rozema is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.