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Wednesday, March 20 – Tuesday, April 2
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY HEDDY HONIGMANN
Heddy Honigmann, who has had retrospectives at MoMA and the Centre Pompidou, is the ne plus extremely of documentary filmmakers. With BUDDY, she turns her unerring eye to the connection between canine and folks. Forget the ever-present “emotional support dog,” everybody’s favourite companion. These six pooches do wonderful issues: they open and shut drawers, flip their mistress over in mattress, take away paper from the pc printer, push a syringe into flesh, placed on a girl’s socks, and pull up her blanket. They soothe a veteran with PTSD and a severely autistic baby. With attribute reserves of heat and humor, Honigmann provides the canine equal face time – a movie about love, braveness and belief, each human and canine.
THE NETHERLANDS 2018 86 MINS. IN DUTCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
“A tender tribute to tail-wagging treasures. Man’s best friend receives a cinematic pat on the head in BUDDY, the latest documentary by veteran Peru-born Dutch director Heddy Honigmann. Observing how six service dogs provide crucial daily help and companionship for their grateful owners, the ruminative, accessible affair proves as soothing to the viewer as the faithful pets are to their humans… Aided by the fluent, unobtrusive editing of the experienced Jessica de Koning. It’s a simple recipe — a nice film about nice people and their lovely dogs — but one that pays regular dividends in terms of quietly accumulated insight and interludes of touching sweetness. Crucially, her warm sensitivity as an interviewer is palpable, earning the trust of her two-legged and four-legged subjects alike.”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter