A box of tapes uncovered. A lifelong Utopian obsession.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) joins Quebecers in returning to cinemas with Montreal filmmaker Mira Burt-Wintonick’s award-winning feature Wintopia, a moving portrait of her late father, renowned documentarian Peter Wintonick, which opened March 26.
Wintopia will be presented in English with French subtitles beginning March 26 at the Cinéma du Musée and Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, followed two weeks later by its online national theatrical debut, starting April 9 at Online Cinema, presented by the Cinémas Beaubien, du Parc and du Musée.
This theatrical premiere caps a distinguished festival run for Wintopia, which captured the Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary at the 2020 DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. Beginning with the 2019 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the film has also been featured in the official selection at such 2020 events as the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).
About the film
A box of tapes uncovered. A lifelong Utopian obsession.A daughter’s attempt to complete her father’s final film. Wintopia traces the enigmatic footsteps of Peter Wintonick through the lens of his daughter, Mira, as she tries to decipher the map he has left behind. Reverberating with emotion and whimsy, the film guides us on a journey through possible worlds in pursuit of reconciliation, both between artist and family and between dreams and reality. Even for audiences unfamiliar with Peter’s work, the film is a touching story of grief, love and hope.
“When my dad found out he was sick, the first thing he said was that he wanted to make one final film. A tribute to his life’s work. On and off for 15 years, he had travelled around the world by himself shooting a film about Utopia. The word itself is an alluring contradiction, meaning both perfect place and no place, and my dad became obsessed with untangling its impossibility, spending long stretches away from home. Lots of fathers leave their children with some dying wish, to scatter their ashes someplace significant perhaps. Mine left me with the task of completing his lifelong search for Utopia,” said Mira.
Produced by Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm) and Annette Clarke (NFB), with Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin as executive producers for EyeSteelFilm.