TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH
@ The Carlton Cinema located at 20 Carlton St.
FILM CO-PRESENTED BY:
IT'S HARD TO BE HUMAN - written and directed by Valerie Buhagiar
Audience Q & A to follow screening with Valerie Buhagiar (Director), Nina Gilmour (Lead) and Johnny Hockin (Producer).
Can the daughter of God learn to feel empathy?
Two bodies lying in the road. A hauntingly sterile emergency room. A girl crying out for her father: God. One by one, all the players in her life, angels and devils alike, emerge and illuminate how she ended up in this liminal consciousness between life and death. It is in both this consciousness and her previous existence that she begins to understand why God has forsaken her and how she can be redeemed. Dreamlike, visceral, and at times surreal, It’s Hard to Be Human elegantly poses the age-old questions of what it means to be human and how to have a connection with the divine in a fallibly human world.
"I am thrilled that my film is the opening gala feature at FEFF this year. The Female Eye Film Festival has nurtured me and many other female filmmakers throughout the years. Because of this festival and Leslie Ann Coles’ encouragement, I was propelled to make more work and support other women to do the same. It’s Hard to Be Human is my second feature to be screened at the festival. My first feature, The Anniversary, received great reviews and wonderful audiences at FEFF. I’ve also had two shorts at the festival, and both won Best Experimental Film. I’ve been given the opportunity to pitch projects at the live pitch events, sit on panels, and meet many wonderful artists. This festival encourages an open heart of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. They don’t judge; they guide you toward clear thinking and making what you want to see. That the festival picked a surreal drama, It’s Hard to Be Human, as their opening film is mind-blowingly beautiful! "-- Valerie Buhagiar, Director
Valerie Buhagiar is an award-winning actor and filmmaker. She first gained international recognition playing the leading roles in Bruce McDonald’s Highway 61 and Roadkill. She has been a host for The Showcase Revue and has appeared as a guest star on various TV shows and in several independent features. The Passion of Rita Camilleri was Buhagiar’s writing, directing, and producing debut. The film won several international prizes, and Buhagiar has gone on to make 15 award-winning short films. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival held a retrospective of Buhagiar’s work as an actor and filmmaker. It’s Hard to Be Human is presently touring the festival circuit. Her first feature film, The Anniversary, won Best Narrative Feature Comedy at Cinequest; Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Honorable Mention Best Feature at the Buffalo Niagara Film festival; and an ACTRA nomination for Best Actor for Colin Mochrie. It has worldwide distribution. She is presently developing two feature films and two television series. Buhagiar was on the TIFF Best Canadian Feature jury, is a FEFF programmer, has attended TIFF’s talent lab, and was nominated for a K.M. Hunter Award for her work as a filmmaker.