While film festivals boast their big World Premieres, the events are also important for smaller films to continue the momentum they’ve built elsewhere. Last fall, writer/director Kazik Radwanski hit TIFF to unveil his new feature, “How Heavy This Hammer,” and after a positive reception, he’s getting his passport ready to head to the Berlin International Film Festival to show European audiences what he’s cooked up, and today we have the exclusive trailer.
The mournful aria already suggests that the battle is lost and sure enough, the walls of the fort are soon breached. Skirmishes, spurting blood, scattered resistance and the defences duly come crashing down, the horde is not to be stopped. Erwin’s fighting a losing battle too, with his waistline, the uncontrollable bouts of tiredness, the random outbursts of rage and the constant, unquenchable itch to return to the computer screen. What is the source of all this compulsion? Erwin has a respectable job, a wife who cares about him and two lively sons, he even manages to get out now and again with the dog or to play rugby. But director Kazik Radwanski isn’t interested in how the war began or what will happen once the fort is razed, this is the portrait of a state, of small shifts, of stasis. And although the camera scarcely moves from Erwin’s side, this is by no means just a study of him, but of how easy it is to lose your way among all the muted coercions of North American life. People move a bit and then they move back, one battle ends and another begins and there is but one constant: the eternal weight of that accursed hammer.
“How Heavy This Hammer” premieres on Tuesday, February 16th. Check out our exclusive trailer and poster below.