VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Anja Marquardt’s audacious debut feature premiered at Berlin, where it won the CICAE Art Cinema Award, and went on to high-profile screenings at New Directors/New Films and SXSW. Its controversial, somewhat salacious-sounding subject matter — a New York sex surrogate finds the lines blurring between her professional and personal life when she gets too close to one of her clients — is tackled by the director with intelligence and maturity. As the story unfolds, it seems the surrogate, dispatching lessons in personal connection, has intimacy issues of her own. “An astutely cold and compelling psychological drama with sex at its core … Subtly unsettling … A taut film that reflects the emotional tension within its central character” (Mark Adams, Screen International).
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Shauna Correia, Dr. Miriam Driscoll, and Marie Carlson.
Dr. Correia (MDCM, FRCPC) and Dr. Driscoll (MD, FRCPC) are psychiatrists in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and work full time at B.C. Centre for Sexual Medicine. The physicians at BCCSM treat men, women and couples (who are referred by their family physician or specialist) with various sexual difficulties.
Marie Carlson RN, BSN, CRN(C), works in the Sexual Health Rehab Service at G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre. She is part of an interdisciplinary team providing education, medical intervention, and support for clients with disability and chronic illness in the area of sexuality, intimacy, and relationships.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
“Strikes a fascinating mood between slow-building angst and cold remove not unlike the Joy Division song that provides its title.”
Indiewire | full review
Filmmaker Magazine | full review
“A quiet triumph, a true herald of a distinctive and necessary voice in cinema.”
LA Times | full review