2015

Rendezvous with Madness 2015
November 6-14, 2015

2015 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival Catalogue

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015

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Opening Night: Swift Current
7:45 PM – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare.MORE…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015

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Transfixed: TV & Addiction (Symposium)
9:30 – 4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

This multi-media and collaborative installation is an artistic interpretation of how our brain works, survives and suffers through addiction reframes the excess of substance abuse seen on TV.MORE…

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A Minor Leap Down
7:00 PM – Workman Theatre

A film of keen observation and enormous empathy, director-screenwriter Hamed Rajabi’s feature debut is at once rooted very specifically in an upper middle-class Iranian urban milieu and the more universal context of living in a world that just doesn’t get it.MORE…

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015

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Swift Current
11:00 AM – Workman Theatre

When he was on his game as a professional hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control: assured, aggressive, strategic and always in motion. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare.MORE…

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Teenland (Shorts Program)
1:30 PM – Workman Theatre

Adolescence and madness. Adolescence as madness. Adolescence against madness. A diverse and captivating dramatic shorts program showcasing the spectrum of ways teenagers around the world struggle with identity, reality, recovery and looming adulthood.MORE…

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Madness in Motion: The Dance of Disorder (Shorts Program)
4:00 PM – Workman Theatre

Sometimes, the best way to express what’s trapped in the mind is by releasing the body. Here are four films that put madness in motion. Through movement, the soul speaks.MORE…

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Breaking the Chains
6:00 PM – Workman Theatre

In Indonesia, a small team of mental health workers are attempting the impossible: to find and rescue the possible hundreds of people living chained in cages, an illegal but traditional practice for dealing with mental illness called ‘pasung’. Short screening Heart of Dust before feature. MORE…

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Juanicas
8:00 PM – Workman Theatre

The real-life drama that unfolds turns out to be a singularly heartbreaking and riveting account of living with bipolar disorder as a family disease. Short screening Scrapbook before feature.MORE…

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015

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Workman Artists on Film (Shorts Program)
6:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

For nearly thirty years, Rendezvous’s umbrella organization Workman Arts has provided artists living with mental illness and addiction issues the opportunity to share their visions through art. Some have turned to film. We are proud to present this program of our members’ work.MORE…

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Paul Sharits
8:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Paul Sharits is a vital and fascinating contribution to the growing public understanding of the intricate and symbiotic relationship between art and the troubled mind. Shorts screening Mer Depre and Echoes before feature.MORE…

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

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An Autobiography of Michelle Maren
6:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

When the filmmaker Michel Negroponte (Jupiter’s Wife) received an e-mail from a woman who thought she might be a promising subject for a documentary, a process of collaboration began that would result in one of the most revealing self-portraits of living with mental illness ever made.MORE…

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Eight
9:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Sarah suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and Peter Blackburn’s extraordinary Eight – a remarkable expression of both filmmaking style and humane empathy. Short screening Daydreams of Wilderness before feature.MORE…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015

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Hedi Schneider is Stuck
6:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Directed with an impressive flair for balancing frankness with humor and warmth, Sonja Heiss’s Hedi Schneider is Stuck is a quirky thing in its own right: a very funny movie about depression.MORE…

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Decor
8:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

In this beguiling, seductive and sumptuously beautiful movie, the celebrated Egyptian filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla probes the profoundly alienating experience of mental illness by way of a singularly apt metaphor: the making of movies and the blurring of the boundaries between the cinematic frame and so-called ‘real life’.MORE…

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015

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Daniel’s World
6:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

As challenging, illuminating and controversial a film as you’ll see anywhere this year, Veronika Lišková’s Daniel’s World is a portrait of a young man living with one of the most stigmatized forms of mental illness there is: Daniel suffers from pedophilia.MORE…

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015

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My Skinny Sister
7:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Amy has a serious eating disorder and when she holds her younger sister to secrecy, the pattern of deceit, denial and helplessness that the family experiences will be all too familiar to anyone who has lived through it. Short screening Happy with Bear before feature.MORE…

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Homesick
9:30 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Homesick is a pitch-black horror comedy about not knowing whose mind is being lost: yours or the world you live in.MORE…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015

Of Men and War

Of Men and War
1:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

With an intimacy and empathy that indicates just how much time filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard has spent gaining his subjects’ trust, Of Men and War chronicles the painful process by which the past is confronted and released in the present.MORE…

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The Mighty Angel
4:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

Based on Jerzy Pilch’s celebrated novel, the movie tells the story of Jerzy (an all-too-convincingly debauched Robert Wiekiewicz) a writer, wit, celebrity, ladies’ man and raconteur with a drinking problem.MORE…

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A Light Beneath Their Feet
8:00 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox

In so carefully exploring the complexities of the family dynamic, and in its profound sensitivity to the collateral impact of mental illness, A Light Beneath Their Feet is a movie that delivers a critical message in the most direct dramatic and emotional terms.MORE…

Art Installation

RWM-Art-Installation-2015Returning this year, Nov 6 – Dec 6, is a multi-media and collaborative installation, which responds to the 2015 festival symposium theme of ‘Transfixed: Addiction and TV’. A video/animation component will be displayed on digital screens and presented from November 6 – 14 at the opening night Gala, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and at TIFF Bell Lightbox prior to the film screenings.MORE…