The 5th Annual WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL is proud to present the TORONTO PREMIERE of Patrick Wang’s A BREAD FACTORY, an epic, yet intimate two-part portrait of an idiosyncratic community and its indelible artists, which has been hailed by critics as among “the best films of 2018!” (The AV CLUB)
“The most original filmgoing experience of the year… as thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American filmmaker has given us.” – Matt Zoller-Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“Wang is a singular artist, but he taps into a rich tradition… the expansive comedies of Robert Altman…the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman…the work of Jacques Rivette.” – Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times
Set in the imagined community of Checkford, New York, a modest arts centre known as The Bread Factory struggles to retain both its relevance and resources as their annual funding from the city council risks being diverted to a decidedly more corporate arts institution fronted by an ostentatious pair of performance artists. As The Bread Factory’s founders Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari) marshall the community to come to their support, a cavalcade of eccentric personalities are introduced, each character with their own personal discord to resolve, and each buoyed by an exceptional performance. You’ll learn of an ancient thespian’s 50-year feud with a theatre critic and watch a lovesick teenager rise up to meet a newfound responsibility. You’ll also bear witness to the growth of a performer over the course of a production of Euripides’ “Hecuba” and marvel at how patiently and precisely writer/director Patrick Wang weaves these threads and others across a series of exquisite vignettes and even outright musical numbers, each thoughtfully photographed on gorgeously grainy 16mm. The end result, across two epic halves, is a profound reminder of the transformative power of art and a communal tapestry as vivid and endearing as the wholesome portions of TWIN PEAKS.
7:00 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 1: For the Sake of Gold
9:30 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 2: Walk with Me a While
Both Parts 1 & 2 are included with a single admission ticket ($20), or as part of the WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASS (LIMITED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $35), which also includes entry to at least four other TBA feature films that will screen between March 1st and 3rd, as well as the festival’s Saturday Night Vendor’s Market and Party. The full line-up and film selections will be announced on February 4th.
Friday, Mar 1 - 7:00pm