POV Presents ‘Anny’ at Rendezvous with Madness

Win tickets to stream the film Oct. 29 - Nov. 7!

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POV is proud to partner with Workman Arts’ Rendezvous with Madness Festival as they create an inclusive environment to support mental health. This year’s Rendezvous with Madness Festival runs online October 29 to November 7 and is available to audiences across Ontario. The festival opens with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ powerful doc Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, which chronicles the Blackfoot tribe’s collective effort to protect members of their community amid the opioid crisis. Other docs at the festival include Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché about the X-Ray Spex rocker and Drunk on Too Much Love, a mother’s portrait of her daughter’s mental health struggles.

Also screening among the docs is Anny, co-presented by POV. The film by Helena Třeštíková is a powerful look at the life and images recorded by a sex worker in Prague. Part moving street photography, part living essay, Anny is a personal work that sees the world in transition. Anny screens throughout the RWM festival run, Oct. 29 to Nov. 7 with a Q&A with Helena Třeštíková.


Win tickets to Anny at Rendezvous with Madness!

Thanks to our friends at Rendezvous with Madness, POV has four voucher codes to give away to stream Anny during the festival. All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:


Which Canadian short screens with Anny at Rendezvous with Madness?

  1. a) Nuisance Bear
  2. b) Birthday Suit
  3. c) Scars
  4. d) Snowbirds

To enter, simply email your answer info@povmagazine.com with the subject Anny. Bonus points go to anyone who shares this contest on Facebook and Twitter. Please note that this contest is open to readers located in Ontario, simply due to geographic restrictions of the screening.


Get more info about Anny here and watch the trailer below.

Rendezvous with Madness runs online Oct. 29 to Nov. 7.


Film Synopsis

Anny became a sex worker at the age of 46, and since then has kept returning to the streets of Prague, rain or shine, as cars pass by her at a snail’s pace. Director Helena Třeštíková recorded Anny between 1996 to 2012 as is her unique approach: she follows ordinary people for years in what she’s dubbed “time-lapse documentaries.” These carefully crafted portraits indirectly capture larger lines of histories — in this case, the economic crisis years that sometimes prompt Anny to reflect on communism. Gently edited, this documentary shifts in time between Anny slowly growing older and her daily life that is often challenging, filled with concerns about her grandchildren and her failing health. An insightful portrait of a person who, with courage and determination, carries on despite life’s surprises.

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, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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