(David Shapiro, U. S.). 80 minutes. Rating: NNNN Manhattan art gallery director Martina Bartan hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep since 1978, when her younger brother was brutally murdered near their childhood home in Queens. She’s trained herself to fill her nights with art projects and dog walks; she’s also developed an obsession with the work of late New Orleans painter Roy Ferdinand.
accompanies Bartan to New Orleans to meet Ferdinand’s family and learn more about the violent milieu from which his art sprang. Bartan also begins a formal investigation into her brother’s death, which she’d avoided for decades.
And that’s just the first two acts of this fascinating character portrait, which – like life itself – takes you someplace very different from where you thought you’d end up.
NW Apr 24, 7 pm, Scotiabank 4; Apr 25, 11: 30 am, TIFF 1; May 1, 9:15 pm, Hart House