Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – 7:30pm
Slovakia 2015. Dir: Marko Škop. 106 min. Blu-ray Disc
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Writer-director Marko Škop’s intimate psychological drama won a prestigious International Critics Prize at TIFF this year. Its impact is due largely to an absolutely stellar performance from Emília Vášáryová, the “First Lady of Slovak Film and Theatre,’ familiar to Vancouver audiences for her roles in Czech director Jan H?ebejk’s Cosy Dens and Up and Down. Vášáryová plays the titular Eva, a discredited, once-famous actress well into her 60s, recently released from her third stint in rehab for alcoholism, and desperate to make amends with the now-adult son she abandoned in infancy to the care of her sister. Travelling to the country village where her son, his family, and her sister live in the crumbling family home, Eva is promptly shown the door and instructed never to return. What follows is a sometimes harrowing, ultimately hopeful portrait of a woman determined to do anything to be given a second chance.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Rene Weideman, a registered psychologist in private practice with a focus on psychotherapy. Previously, he was Coordinator of the Outpatient Psychiatry Program at Vancouver General Hospital and then Director of the Clinical Psychology Centre at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Weideman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.