Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.
WITH ZERO WORK/LIFE BALANCE, ARTIST AND DESIGNER YOLANDA SONNABEND, 77, LIVES SURROUNDED BY A HALF CENTURY of painting, sculpture, frames, fabrics, books, archeologia and the ephemera of her frenzied imagination. Her glory days are behind her. She resides in ‘Havershamian’ splendour in the last un-renovated house in a posh suburb of London. Her home is her last lover, her unborn child, and her very skin. At the end of her tether, Yolanda is struggling with a final commissioned portrait.
Meanwhile her older brother has moved in, along with his concert grand piano. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is the esteemed New York AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. After a career committed to science and patients, Joseph has returned to a country he has little affection for, to a house he hates and his sister who shows early signs of dementia. Bound by duty, he is struggling to cope with her deterioration. Sustained by music, argument and research Joseph longs for order and would like to sell the house and move somewhere warm.
Into this heady mix their step-nephew, filmmaker Thomas Burstyn arrives to make a film. In following the lives of these two eccentric and complex people he uncovers his recent history and must confront his fractured relationship with his own brother.
UNION PICTURES presents in association with TELEFILM CANADA through the THEATRICAL DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
“SOME KIND OF LOVE” a SCREEN SIREN PICTURES / CLOUD NORTH FILM production
produced in association with SHAW MEDIA KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
ROGERS DOCUMENTARY FUND and the SHAW MEDIA-HOT DOCS COMPLETION FUND
Editor PETER ROECK Cinematography by THOMAS BURSTYN, CSC, NZCS
Music by JOHN KORSRUD Co-Producer HAYDN WAZELLE
Produced by TRISH DOLMAN, B. SUMNER BURSTYN
Written by B. SUMNER BURSTYN Directed by THOMAS BURSTYN
Produced in association with YLE and SVT
Produced with the Support of THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM INCENTIVE BC
With the assistance of the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
and THE ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION and HOT DOCS FORUM
A British Columbia / Ontario co-production
© Screen Siren Documentary Inc & Cloud North Film Inc. 2014
All Rights Reserved
Awards / Nominations
Nominated, Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, Thomas Burstyn
Festival Screenings 2015
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Docaviv Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival
New Zealand Film Festival
Canadian Screenings 2015
VanCity, Vancouver – June 5-11, 2015
Carlton Cinema, Toronto – June 12-18, 2015
Jackman Hall, Toronto – June 13, 2015
Special event screening with the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society
followed by Q&A with the filmmakers
The Mayfair, Ottawa – June 13-19, 2015
Cinema du Parc, Montreal – June 22, 2015 (MONTREAL PREMIERE)
Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
Cinecenta, Victoria- June 24-25, 2015