The Spine / The Spine
Chris LandrethCanada / 2009 / 11' 17''
Europa Cinema, 20:00 h
Cineplexx Centar Kaptol, Hall 3, 22:00 h
The Spineis a poignant story of redemption that takes us into a relationship between a man and a woman trapped in a spiral of mutual destruction. Dan and Mary Rutherford, married 26 years, sit unhappily in a couples’ group counselling session. Angela, another troubled participant in this group, wonders why their marriage has become so lopsided, so twisted. But when Mary leaves Dan, he undergoes a beautiful transformation. What will happen when she returns?
Chris Landreth is one of Canada’s most celebrated animation directors and the creator of a style he calls “psychorealism.” Landreth studied theoretical and applied mechanics before taking up animation. His first short film, The Listener, was released in 1991. It was followed by the Oscar®-nominated the end (1995) and the Genie winner Bingo (1996). In 2004, the NFB released Landreth’s film Ryan, which won more than 60 awards.
National Film Board of Canada, Copperheart Animation, CORE Digital Pictures