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The Event

104 min.
Year of Production:
Parker Posey
Olympia Dukakis
Don McKellar
Sarah Polley
Jane Leeves
Brent Carver
Joanna P. Adler
Richard Latessa
Réjean J. Cournoyer
Cynthia Preston
Christina Zorich
Ruth Moore
Walter Borden
Chaz Thorn
Joan Orenstein
Glen Michael Grant
Gianne Marciante
Jaclyn Markovitz
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Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film
Teddy Award:
TEDDY Readers Award

A series of suicides followed by the swift cremation of the deceased arouses the suspicions of a young public prosecutor named Nick Di Vivo. She begins investigations following the death of Matt Shapiro – allegedly another suicide victim. Her inquiries take her to the heart of Manhattan’s upmarket Chelsea district. Matt’s circle of friends are extremely distant towards the young attorney. Nevertheless, her conversations with them enable her to piece together a mosaic of Matt’s life – with all of its fragments and contradictions. Matt was infected with HIV – but the cocktail of medication he had been obliged to take for so long was beginning to lose its effect.This could, ostensibly, have been a motive for suicide, but this does not prevent Nick – whose own father died recently following a protracted illness – from continuing her investigations. Nick is of the belief that suicide is no solution and that euthanasia is, quite simply, a criminal act. Nick learns about Matt’s family background and the kind of friends he had from Brian, who runs an Aids hospice and was Matt’s last partner. When Matt came out about his homosexuality it came as no surprise to either his mother, Lila, or his younger sister, Dana. However, when Matt told them he had Aids, their whole world fell apart. Nevertheless, the two women were unstinting in their support. Still stricken by their loss, they cannot bring themselves to discuss the details of his death and the ominous last party after which Matt died.Matt’s older sister, Gaby, is the only one keen to assist Nick in her investigations. Finally, Nick tracks down a video that was made at the party. The video footage is only one of the things that reminds Nick that her father died alone and forces her to confront the issue of what is right and what is wrong in the eyes of the law.

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BIOGRAFIE Thom Fitzgerald

Thom Fitzgerald: Since his 1997 feature debut, Thom has won over two dozen international awards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award (Genie), The FIPRESCI European International Critics' Prize, The Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He won both the Best Canadian Film Award and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Thom is a three time premiere guest of The Sundance Film Festival, and has been lauded abroad with the City of Grandola Prize at the Troia Film Festival in Portugal, and the Best Screenplay Prize at the Mar del Plat Film Festival in Argentina. He was awarded both the Best Screenplay Award and the Most Popular Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Thom was cited as "One of the top 100 filmmakers in the world" by Screen International and "One of the Top Ten of the Next Generation" by the Hollywood Reporter. Thom was nominated for The Directors Guild of Canada Award and won the Best Director Award at the Atlantic Film Festival for "3 Needles". In 2012 Thom was awarded the prestigious Portia White Prize which is the highest honor awarded to an artist by the government of Nova Scotia recognizing artistic excellence. For his theatre work he won the Merritt Award for Best New Play (CLOUDBURST) and was nominated for Outstanding Set Design. CLOUDBURST was also nominated as Outstanding Production of 2010.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vicki McCarty

FILMOGRAFIE Thom Fitzgerald (selection)

2002 The Event 

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