Trailer for Alan Zweig’s TIFF-bound ‘There is a House Here’
By Pat Mullen
On the heels of Hope and Hurt, comes a new film from Toronto’s favourite curmudgeon Alan Zweig. Zweig’s There is a House Here is one of six Canadian feature documentaries debuting at TIFF this year and a new trailer for the film shows the director using his finely-honed art of conversation to listen and learn about life up north. There is a House Here draws upon several visits to Nunavut in which Zweig finds a “semi-reluctant guide” in Tatanniq Idlout, who uses the opportunity to share perspectives on a part of the world that media to the south often portrays with only one lens.
Synopsis: Alan Zweig, a filmmaker from Toronto, and Tatanniq Idlout, a woman from a legendary Inuit family who put out a number of rock records as Lucie Idlout, have been corresponding for years. The filmmaker decides to travel to Nunavut to see for himself some of the things that Tatanniq has been telling him. He and his crew pick up Tatanniq in Iqaluit and they go to Igloolik, a smaller community where Tatanniq lived when they first started talking. They end up making three such trips, the first at Christmas in 24 hours of darkness, the last in the summer in 24 hours of light, and along the way, through the people they meet, the filmmaker begins to have a little understanding of his friend’s culture.