A BREAD FACTORY PART 1 & 2
608 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada
The 2018 WTFilm Festival's "BEST OF FEST" recipient returns to Toronto for a one-day-only reprise presentation:
Patrick Wang's A BREAD FACTORY
"The most original filmgoing experience of the year… as thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American filmmaker has given us.” – Matt Zoller-Seitz
"It's the most original film I have ever seen. Like all the most exciting films, it is made as if Patrick Wang had never seen a film before and decided to invent cinema for his own purposes." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Set in the imagined community of Checkford, N.Y., a modest arts center known as The Bread Factory struggles to retain both its relevance and resources as its annual funding from the city council risks being diverted to a decidedly more corporate arts institution fronted by an ostentatious pair of performance artists.
As The Bread Factory’s founders Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari) marshal the community to come to their support, a cavalcade of eccentric personalities are introduced, each character with their own personal discord to resolve, and each buoyed by an exceptional performance.
You’ll learn of an ancient thespian’s 50-year feud with a theatre critic, watch a lovesick teenager rise up to meet a newfound responsibility, bear witness to the growth of a performer over the course of a production of Euripides’ “Hecuba” and marvel at how patiently and precisely writer/director Patrick Wang (IN THE FAMILY) weaves these threads and others across a series of exquisite vignettes and even outright musical numbers.
Thoughtfully photographed on gorgeously grainy 16mm, the result, across two epic halves, is a profound reminder of the transformative power of art and a communal tapestry as vivid and endearing as those found in the works of Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch.
Presented in two parts, with a 30 minute intermission.