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CINEMATHEQUE AT HOME

The Curse of Willow Song

Free to view!
April 21 & 22
Directed by Karen Lam
2020, Canada, 90 min

Followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with director Karen Lam.

Having served her time for arson, Willow Song (Valerie Tian) is now fending for herself on the unforgiving streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. There she is asked to contend with…her ongoing struggle to stay clean, constant harassment in her workplace and festering resentment towards Asian-Canadians. With the fates seemingly conspiring against her, she’s thrown a lifeline by a figure from her past (Elfina Luk). As Willow holes up in an abandoned warehouse, her latent psychokinetic abilities manifest and an uncanny transformation commences. Drawing inspiration from manga, ghost stories, interviews with female inmates and personal experiences, Lam delivers an exceedingly eerie supernatural thriller steeped in searing social commentary. What’s perhaps most chilling about Curse is its compelling suggestion that we’ve left Willow with no alternative but to become a monster.(VIFF)


Presented in partnership with National Canadian Film Day.

Reviews

A very timely feature film by local filmmaker Karen Lam, The Curse of Willow Song explores all-too-real themes of addiction, racism and the socioeconomic divide through a supernaturally horrific filter.
- Thalia Stopa, Scout
Filmed in glorious black and white on location in East Vancouver and Langley, Lam’s spooky drama gives the city a dark and hostile profile...a superbly nuanced performance by Vancouver actor Valerie Tian.
- John Jane, Review Vancouver
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