From a release:
directed by Kazik Radwanski
opens February 22, 2013
at the Royal Theatre, Toronto
**World Premiere, Locarno Film Festival 2012 | **North American Premiere, TIFF 2012
"One of the year's most jarring and accomplished debuts" - Mark Peranson, editor of Cinema Scope
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Already well-known at the Festival for his signature short films, Toronto filmmaker Kazik Radwanski makes his feature debut with this off-kilter and slyly funny character study about a thirty-something loner who tries to keep the world at arm’s length. Developed in part through improvisation, TOWER is an intriguing and candid character study of a Torontonian who's stuck in a rut, and seems quite comfortable there.
Derek (Bogart), a thirty-four-year-old man who lives in his parents' basement, is a puzzling specimen to say the least. He has no career per se, though he is an aspiring computer animator and works construction part-time for his uncle. Solitary but not friendless, he ventures out alone to clubs in the evenings looking to connect with women. He's both impulsive and cautious, and much of the time he appears slightly perplexed, intently chewing on his thoughts. Derek is not socially awkward; he's socially peculiar. He suddenly finds himself in uncertain territory when he falls into an intimate relationship with a woman he meets (Fairbairn).
One of the most appealing aspects of TOWER is the way Radwanski frames his subject, in what has become his defining style: tight, unflinching close-ups and a total absence of long shots, creating an atmosphere that is intense and intimate. Fascinating and slyly funny, TOWER establishes Radwanski's uncanny and incisive human portraiture and his finely honed approach on a larger canvas.
Director: Kazik Radwanski
Starring: Derek Bogart, Nicole Fairbairn,
Details: 78 min. 2012 Canada