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MS Slavic 7

Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
A young woman visits Harvard University library, where she studies the correspondence between the Polish poet Zofia Bohdanowiczowa – her great-grandmother – and the Nobel Prize nominee Józef Wittlin. MS Slavic 7 is the library reference code for the box containing their letters, which she is intended to publish. Both Bohdanowiczowa and Wittlin were forced to flee the Nazis and emigrate to North America, the former to Toronto and the latter to New York. They were in love, but their relationship was destined to be consummated on paper alone. Who holds the claim to another’s past? Is it ethical to publish details of the private lives of the dead? And what matters more: the search for one’s own identity, or relationships with the family in the present? Fiction and biography are closely intertwined in this reflective post-mumblecore work from two raising stars of Canadian film, Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell. Audrey, who is played by Campbell, is a recurring character in Bohdanowicz’s cinematic universe, but it is here that the actor makes her debut as a fully-fledged co-author.

Sofia Bohdanowicz is a filmmaker from Toronto. In 2017, the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded her the Jay Scott Prize and in 2018 she was nominated for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for her documentary Maison du Bonheur. Her second fiction feature film, MS Slavic 7, which is co-directed with actor Deragh Campbell, graced the cover of Cinema Scope, premiered at the Berlinale and was featured at the Harvard Film Archive.

Sofia Bohdanowicz is a filmmaker from Toronto. In 2017, the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded her the Jay Scott Prize and in 2018 she was nominated for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for her documentary Maison du Bonheur. Her second fiction feature film, MS Slavic 7, which is co-directed with actor Deragh Campbell, graced the cover of Cinema Scope, premiered at the Berlinale and was featured at the Harvard Film Archive.

Deragh Campbell was born in Toronto in 1989. She studied creative writing and has worked both as an actor and screenwriter. MS Slavic 7 is her first feature film as co-director. Her performance credits include the TIFF 2019 selection Anne at 13,000 Ft., which earned her a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actress. In January 2020, she won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Jay Scott Prize.

Deragh Campbell was born in Toronto in 1989. She studied creative writing and has worked both as an actor and screenwriter. MS Slavic 7 is her first feature film as co-director. Her performance credits include the TIFF 2019 selection Anne at 13,000 Ft., which earned her a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Actress. In January 2020, she won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s Jay Scott Prize.

Year of production:
2020
Country:
Canada
Length:
64'
Language:
English
Subs:
Russian
Director:
Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
Script:
Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
Producers:
Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell, Calvin Thomas
Cinematography:
Sofia Bohdanowicz
Cast:
Deragh Campbell, Elizabeth Rucker, Mariusz Sibiga, Aaron Danby
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