The debut feature from Toronto-based, award-winning MDFF films, shows a candid yet perplexing character study of a Torontonian stuck in a rut.
Director Kazik Radwanski and Producer Dan Montgomery will be on hand for Q+A’s following each screening.
After having its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival and its Canadian premiere at TIFF, Tower returns to Toronto for an exclusive engagement at The Royal, starting Friday February 22. The debut feature from Toronto-based, award-winning MDFF films, shows a candid yet perplexing character study of a Torontonian stuck in a rut.
Tower centres on a 34-year old man, Derek, who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Unlike his married brother who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career. Although he aspires to become a graphic-animator, he works part-time at his uncle’s construction company. Late at night he wanders the street alone and frequents nightclubs in search of companionship. Derek suddenly finds himself in an intimate relationship with Nicole, a woman he meets. When a neighbourhood raccoon becomes a constant nuisance by tearing up his family’s garbage, Derek sets out to catch it.
“We’re really excited to have been given a spotlight at The Royal and share this strange beast of a film,” says director Kazik Radwanski. “Tower is about something hidden that secretly lurks around our city and I can’t wait for Torontonians to see what we’ve captured.”
Radwanski and Dan Montgomery of MDFF Films have taken bows for their short films since their 2007 debut Assault. That and subsequent films have earned them awards and multiple invitations to the world’s top film festivals, including: the Berlinale, Edinburgh, Krakow, Melbourne and Toronto International Film Festivals. Their 2008 short film, Princess Margaret Blvd., generated numerous awards and accolades including Best International Short Film Award at the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2010 Genie Awards. Their short Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009) was in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, and received a Special Mention at the 2010 Krakow Film Festival. MDFF presented two short films at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival – Green Crayons and Woman Waiting. More recently, Radwanski won the Ingmar Bergman Award at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival, and a K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video.
About College Street Pictures
College Street Pictures is a newly created Toronto based boutique distribution company complementing both The Royal Cinema and post-production company Theatre D Digital. Co-founded by veteran film programmer Stacey Donen, and Dan Peel and Carlos Herrera of Theatre D Digital, College Street Pictures offers a national platform for the best in art house, world cinema, independent feature films and documentaries, as well as some of the best films made in Canada.