Old dogs are celebrated in 10 short stories about love, loss and letting go. Raises questions about grief and awareness of mortality.
Sophy Romvari is a filmmaker born in Victoria, B.C. and based in Toronto. Her critically-acclaimed short films have travelled the international festival circuit and have earned her a reputation as a leading young talent. Her filmmaking is mostly autoethnographic with a focus on processing trauma, either personally or collectively.
She is playful in her approach to documentary as a form, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
Her hybrid documentary Pumpkin Movie premiered at True/False festival to considerable praise, before bowing at Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc Fest, among many others. It toured cinemas across the United States as part of the Eyeslicer Halloween Special in October 2018. Pumpkin Movie has been praised by critics as “a lovely, subtle work of feminist protest.”
Last fall, her short Norman Norman received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where critics described it as “a rich, fully developed narrative, bridging the gulf between denial and acceptance in a mere seven minutes.” The film was the centrepiece of “Super Succinct and Radically Direct,” a retrospective of Sophy’s work at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, and was selected as the best short film of the year by rogerebert.com critic Justine Smith.
In Dog Years is Romvari’s latest film and was produced by the CBC. It is a further exploration on the themes hinted at in Norman Norman, and has been said to be “anti-anthropocentrism as the final evolution of empathy, a film that stretches to see through the eyes of a dying dog.”
Sophy is currently completing her Masters at York University in Toronto.