First show: February 08


Tyler is unemployed and unsettled after learning that her father, a man she’s never met, has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life. Her overbearing mother, Joan, doesn’t even want to talk about it. Impulsively deciding to explore her father’s stomping grounds before the apartment is sold, Tyler’s curiosity about her father slowly evolves into a sensual exploration of her own identity and desires. Abandoning her mother and joining the dead flowers and musty books, Tyler discovers her father’s ghost and her own sexuality. Taking on the clothes of her father, she forms a deep attraction to one of his former students, who mistakes her as a boy. Part horror film, part gender-bending romance, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! is the kind of film that defies genre but lasts in the mind for weeks.

Directed by Sook-Yin Lee. Starring Sarah Gadon. 88 min. Canada.


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