Geographies of Solitude | Photo by Jacqueline Mills

Berlin Forum to Screen Three Canadian Films

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Three Canadian features are among the Forum selection for this year’s Berlin Film Festival. The Berlin Forum will screen new works by Lina Rodriguez, Jacquelyn Mills, and Miryam Charles. All three films will have their world premieres at the Forum.

Rodriguez’s My Two Voices (Mis doc voces) observes the experiences of Colombian and Mexican women in Canada. The film is Rodriguez’s first feature documentary after the short docs Ante mis ojos and Aquí y allá and the dramatic feature This Time Tomorrow.

Mills’ Geographies of Solitude is an experimental portrait of researcher Zoe Lucas that incorporates the elements of Sable Island into the text of the film’s 16mm images. Geographies of Solitude is Mills’ second feature following the acclaimed In the Waves.

Charles’ This House (Cette maison), meanwhile, is described by programmers as “documentary-tinged fiction.” Starring Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Florence Blain Mbaye, and Eve Duranceau, the film is an imagined biography that explores a 2008 suicide case in Bridgeport. Charles’ work as a director includes the 2017 anthology film Mosaic.

Also announced among the Berlin screenings is Terril Calder’s animated short Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics and David Findlay’s Lay Me By the Shore. Both films screen in the Generation programme. The Berlin Film Festival runs February 10-20, 2022.

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

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