Festival Shines Camera-light On Mental Illness

November 5, 2009 Updated: October 1, 2015

 (Courtesy of Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival)
(Courtesy of Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival)
The 17th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival starts today in Toronto and runs to November 14. The 10-day festival will present over 30 programs of feature and short films and artists’ talks at Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen St. W., and Workman Arts’ new home, 651 Dufferin St.

Thursday's opening night feature presentation is Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Canadian premiere Clara, a biopic about the passion, betrayal and redemption of brilliant musician and composer Clara Schumann.

Other films screening at the festival include: Genie-nominated and two-time TIFF award-winning director Lea Pool's Mommy's at the Hairdressers (Mama est chez le coiffeur), which displays a perfect 1960s family snapshot, but points to the little things and how they can slowly add up to dysfunction. The Spine, Chris Landreth's follow up to his Oscar award-winning animated short Ryan, explores the impacts of dysfunctional relationships using his distinctive psycho-animated style.

For a full list of films visit www.rendezvouswithmadness.com.