Granny's Dancing On The Table at TIFF
The world premiere of the feature film Granny's Dancing On The Table, by the Swedish director Hanna Sköld, will take place at Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 13 and 18.
Eini (Blanka Engström) is a young girl who lives deep in the Swedish forests with her father (Lennart Jähkel). First seen berating his daughter for accidentally breaking a glass and then trying to hide the evidence, Eini's father is a fierce control freak and religious zealot who regularly and ritualistically counts up the household's meagre possessions as a means of discovering Eini's infractions of his tyrannical rules. The deep roots of this family psychosis are revealed through a parallel narrative, related through animated sequences that depict the religiously inspired abuse of the women of Eini's family. This dreadful tradition dates back to Eini's grandmother, who becomes a figure of almost mythic import for Eini — both as a symbol of freedom, and as the reason for the girl's suffering in the present. Evoking the aesthetic of fairy tales, the animated sequences both indicate the limits of Eini's understanding and suggest the power of her resilient imagination — which, of course, is exactly what her father (and his ancestors) fear.
Friday September 11, 9:15 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox
Sunday September 13, 4:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre
Friday September 18, 12:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre
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