A photographer and his wife travel across Armenia photographing churches for a calendar project. Travelling with them is a local man acting as their driver and guide. As the project nears completion, the distance between husband and wife grows.
Atom Egoyan’s at once witty and devastating investigation of identity, memory, and displacement stars the director as a Canadian photographer who, while on an assignment shooting churches in Armenia, finds himself growing increasingly estranged from his wife — the beginning of a rift that will haunt him into the future. Unfolding in a fragmented, time-scrambling structure and told in part through a telephone answering machine, Calendar is a rich and profound reflection on emotional and cultural alienation.
Introduced by Sacha Marlisa
Sacha Marlisa is psychoanalyst, psychotherapist and formerly a (freelance) psychiatrist. She uses film as material to illustrate and discuss psychiatric and psychoanalytic concepts. She does this in the context of team expertise at a psychiatric mental health institution, and more recently at psychoanalytic workshops. Because a film offers the same thing to every viewer, discussion of it can lead to depth for all. Marlisa participates in Psychoanalysis & Film, a project in which films are shown in selected movie theaters and introduced and followed up by a psychoanalyst.
Moderated by Dr. Peter Verstraten
Peter Verstraten is associate professor of film and literature at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and head of the Department of Film and Photographic Studies. His publications include Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film (2016) and Film Narratology (2009). His research interests include the topic of ‘psychoanalysis and film’.
This screening is part of Cineforum Festival, taking place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September.