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The Closer We Get Premiere Details


UK: Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Today Somewhere is proud to announce the World Premiere of The Closer We Get at HotDocs 2015. It will screen at HotDocs on Wednesday 29th April, 9pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 and on Thursday 30th April, 2pm at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3.

Directed by Karen Guthrie and Produced by Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, The Closer We Get is a powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director, reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye.

Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn’t the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father, the unfathomable but endearing Ian – separated from Ann for years – also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to confront the family story before it’s too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried – and failed – to keep from them all, and to find that Ann’s stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.

With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to her audience both a compelling story and a unique portrait of contemporary family survival.

Director and Producer Karen Guthrie said: “We are thrilled to be world premiering The Closer We Get at Hot Docs. The film has been five years in the making and includes family archive going back many decades – a real labour of love. Canada has a special place in the film’s back story – My mother Ann – one of the film’s protagonists – emigrated to Canada from Scotland in the early 1960’s and it was my father Ian who lured her back home to marry him – and so our story unfolds!”


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