Detroit Film Theatre


CAN/AM GRAND PRIX: MARWENCOL

Friday, November 05, 2010

9:30 PM

(USA/2010—directed by Jeff Malmberg)
 
In April of 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked outside of a bar by five men. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, Mark decided to create his own. In his backyard, he built Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family and even his attackers. After a few years, Mark started documenting his miniature dramas with his camera. Through Mark’s lens, these were no longer dolls – they were living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing and revenge. And he (or rather his alter ego, Captain Hogancamp) was the hero. When Mark’s stunningly realistic photos are discovered by an art magazine, and a prestigious gallery comes calling, his homemade therapy suddenly becomes “art,” forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world beyond it. (83 min.)
 
“I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol.” –Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
 
 
2010 CAN/AM GRAND PRIX OF CINEMA: The DFT and Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) will present four current films, two Canadian and two American, to be screened at the DFT and Windsor's Capitol Theatre. The entries will be selected by both organizations and, most significantly, Detroit and Windsor audiences will select the winner of the 2010 Can/ AM Grand Prix Peoples’ Choice Award. For more information about WIFF, visit windsorfilmfestival.com