THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Feature film | CDN | 2008
87 min | Dolby SRD
42nd Hof International Film Festival
Friday night in Toronto’s lower west end. Chatter from a dinner party in Harry and Carol’s nouveau-riche condo drifts through an open balcony door, as two freebase cokeheads, Pretty and Johnny, have a party on their own in the alley below. As the dinner guests leave, the hostess is nowhere to be found. Until, a wet thud and a sharp scream rise up to the balcony.
Pretty stares in horror at Carol’s body, splayed on the alley floor, as Harry screams for help from above. The sharp burst of police sirens sends the cokeheads running as Peter, a middle-aged police officer, sprints from his cruiser to check Carol’s vitals.
Rocket forward three months and these five disparate lives begin to cataclysmically intersect through weaving multi-narrative story arcs that release spurts and geysers of long-suppressed sexuality and aggression.