FILM ABOUT A FATHER WHO
Code: CG 195
Directed by Lynne Sachs
2021, 74 minutes
2021, 74 minutes
Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film About a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings.
With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, Sachs' cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the uninhibited center of the frame yet privately ensconced in secrets. With this meditation on fatherhood and masculinity, Sachs allows herself and her audience to see beneath the surface of the skin, beyond the projected reality. As the startling facts mount, she discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - Slamdance Film Festival
Official Selection - MoMA Documentary Fortnight
Official Selection - Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Official Selection - Doclisboa International Film Festival
Critic's Pick "[A] brisk, prismatic and richly psychodramatic family portrait."
- Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
"Formidable in its candor and ambition... one chapter in a continuing stream of work by an experimental, highly personal filmmaker."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
"Lynne Sachs' spirit of intelligent compassion lights up the film, giving voice to the anger and pain, but also providing the space and distance needed to recover from it... a spectacular gift to the viewer."
- Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"Raw, honest and eye-opening, Film About a Father Who is just like its subject matter, something quite extraordinary."
- Bianca Garner, In Their Own League
"[Sach's] greatest achievement to date... a unique, brilliant film that has stayed with me ever since."
- Benjamin Hollis, Documentary Weekly
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