Tuesday 18 October at 7pm
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
A Woman Escapes, Sofia Bohdanowicz, Burak Çevik & Blake Williams, 2022. 81m (in 3D)
Audrey Benac lives alone in Paris after having moved there to tend to the home of her recently deceased friend, Juliane. Moving through the days without any clear motivation or sense of purpose, she tries to re-establish her footing in the world by beginning video correspondences with two filmmakers: Burak, who lives in Istanbul, and Blake, who lives in Toronto. This exchange of words and footage initiates a healing process, but the nature of the interaction is not what it seems.
Yet that Audrey is played by Deragh Campbell, a regular actor and collaborator with Sofia Bohdanowicz, while Burak and Blake provide versions of themselves begins to suggest where the film can take us. Each filmmaker—Sofia, Burak and Blake—is a distinct stylist, and as the film comes together as an epistolary of remediation, rehearsal and regret, we see how gestures of distancing become intimate. A singular work.
With thanks to Sofia Bohdanowicz, Burak Çevik, Blake Williams and Square Eyes Film