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(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.


David Shapiro

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

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