Today the Canada Film Centre (CFC) released the trailer for its short film How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You! The film has been a hit on the Canadian festival circuit and, if you’ll recall, I gave the film a quick blurb in my pre-TIFF excitement.
How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You! is a film that I’ve returned to, and each screening brings news levels of appreciation. A film that is truly original in its audacious storytelling and shrewd craftsmanship, How to Rid Your Lover… is a must for cinephiles. Upping it even further on the registry of “Essential Cinema for 2010” is the film’s roster of fresh, innovative, and unpretentious talents: I expect great things from director Nadia Litz, writer Ryan Cavan, and stars Sarah Allen and Joe Cobden.
This eccentric work of art is one of those few films that are probably best served if one allows it to speak for itself. All else I'll say is that this quirky tale of love, scalpels, and blueberries proves that a film need not be over fifteen minutes to be among the year's best.
Next stop on the festival train for How to Rid Your Lover by a Negative Emotion Caused by You! is the Whistler Film Festival on December 4th.