The Weight of Elephants

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 7:30pm
New Zealand/Denmark/Sweden 2013. Dir: Daniel Joseph Borgman. 87 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Premiered in both the Forum and Generation sections of the Berlin IFF, this worthy addition to the coming-of-age genre is the assured, poetic feature debut of New Zealand-raised, Denmark-based writer-director Borgman. Lars von Trier’s company Zentropa co-produced the film, which was shot in rural New Zealand. Eleven-year-old Adrian (the amazing Demos Murphy, who won the role over 800 other boys) is an introspective, sensitive child bullied at school and neglected at home. Abandoned by his mother early in life, Adrian is being brought up by his gruff, exhausted Gran, who is also caring for a bipolar adult son, Adrian’s much-loved Uncle Rory. The story centres on Adrian’s burgeoning friendship with the mysterious girl who just moved in across the street — an outsider like himself, who also has secrets to hide.

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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Karin Holland Biggs, Ph.D., FIPA, a psychoanalyst and member of the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. She is in private practice in Richmond, BC, specializing in psychoanalysis and the psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment of adult individuals and couples. Karin is a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and a psychodynamic psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatry residents.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.