MS SLAVIC 7 New Auteurs


Talent attending: Sofia Bohdanowicz (Director)

Indiscriminately housed in the Harvard Houghton Library is a collection of elegantly composed letters exchanged between Nobel Prize-nominated author Jozef Wittlin and poet Zofia Bohdanowiczowa, retrievable using call number MS Slavic 7. The correspondence extends decades following their displacement from Poland during World War II but, consisting of only 25 letters, there is little actual information about their relationship. After discovering the existence of the collection, Bohdanowiczowa’s granddaughter – Deragh Campbell in one of two dynamic performances at AFI FEST 2019 – is determined to investigate but, in her research, confronts unanticipated obstacles. In this deceptively light comedy of errors, a clever minimalist aesthetic prods at the institutional barriers that leave archival access and historical interpretation the domain of a privileged class of academics. –Malin Kan

Sofia Bohdanowicz
Sofia Bohdanowicz is a Toronto-based filmmaker. She won the Emerging Canadian Director award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival for her debut feature, NEVER EAT ALONE. In 2017, Bohdanowicz won the Jay Scott Prize and had a retrospective of her work at BAFICI. Her second feature, MASON DU BONHEUR, was awarded Best Canadian Documentary by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and was nominated for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Prize by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Bohdanowicz is a Berlinale Talents alumni and is currently in development on her fourth feature film.

Deragh Campbell
Deragh Campbell is a Toronto-based filmmaker and actor. Her performance credits include lead roles in I USED TO BE DARKER (Matthew Porterfield, 2013), STINKING HEAVEN (Nathan Silver, 2016), NEVER EAT ALONE (Sofia Bohdanowicz, 2016), SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG (Julian Radlmaier, 2017) and FAIL TO APPEAR (Antoine Bourges, 2018). She has received writing credits on a number of her acting projects and was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for screenwriting. She was selected for the Rising Star program at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and for the Artist Academy at the 2018 New York Film Festival. MS SLAVIC 7 is her feature debut.


Country: Canada

Year: 2019

Directors: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

Screenwriters: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

Producers: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell, Calvin Thomas

Director of Photography: Sofia Bohdanowicz

Editors: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

Production Designers: Sofia Bahdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

Cast/Featuring: Deragh Campbell, Elizabeth Rucker, Mariusz Sibiga, Aaron Danby

Running Time (minutes): 65 min

Language: English