The White Fortress
Saturday, May 12
3.30 pm: The White Fortress (drama) 88 min (live) (stream)
One of Canada’s most skilled young filmmakers, Igor Drljaca returns to Canada’s Top Ten for a second consecutive year. The White Fortress finds the Bosnian Canadian director returning to the country of his birth, Faruk is an orphaned teen living with his grandmother in contemporary Sarajevo. During the day he works hauling scrap for his uncle. As the film proceeds, the scope of corruption in the city is revealed via Mona, a girl Faruk connects with. Her father is a prominent, deeply corrupt politician. Drljaca juxtaposes this exposé of political rot with the poignancy of first love, directing the film with extraordinary nuance and restraint that, perhaps paradoxically, imbues the film with intense emotional power.