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Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Blind Spot

Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Blind Spot

With acting and filmmaking in her blood, is was perhaps only a matter of time when Tuva Novotny would make the move behind the camera. Last year, the actress took on supporting parts in Janus Metz’s Borg vs McEnroe and Alex Garland‘s Annihilation, while 2018 would see Novotny premiere Blind Spot at TIFF (Golden Shell comp title at San Sebastian) with her sophomore feature Britt-Marie Was Here (starring Pernilla August) not that far behind in terms of a release. Her gut-wrenching, unrelenting drama on how society often passes the buck is a technical marvel for its choreography and one take film aesthetic. The drama is toplined by an all-encompassing Pia Tjelta (who we discovered in Eva Sørhaug’s 90 Minutes) — her character embodies the notion of a parent’s worst nightmare with a character who is a psychological buffet in terms of trauma, playing the victim, being victimized and finding empathy.

Tuva Novotny, BLIND SPOT / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Pia Tjelta, BLIND SPOT / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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