A BREAD FACTORY, PART 1 & 2

When: March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

  • 7:00 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 1: For the Sake of Gold
  • 9:30 PM – A BREAD FACTORY PART 2: Walk with Me a While

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

What: Patrick Wang's epic, yet intimate two-part portrait of an idiosyncratic community and its indelible artists, which has been hailed by critics as among “the best films of 2018!” (AV CLUB).

A BREAD FACTORY, PART 1 & 2 (2018)
Dir. Patrick Wang
Cast:  Tyne Daly, Elisabeth Henry-Macari, James Marsters, Zachary Sayle and Brian Murray.
Runtime: 242 minutes (with a thirty minute Intermission)
Country: USA

“The most original filmgoing experience of the year… as thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American filmmaker has given us.” - Matt Zoller-Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“Wang is a singular artist, but he taps into a rich tradition… the expansive comedies of Robert Altman...the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman...the work of Jacques Rivette.” - Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

Set in the imagined community of Checkford, New York, a modest arts centre known as The Bread Factory struggles to retain both its relevance and resources as their annual funding from the city council risks being diverted to a decidedly more corporate arts institution fronted by an ostentatious pair of performance artists. As The Bread Factory’s founders Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry-Macari) marshall the community to come to their support, a cavalcade of eccentric personalities are introduced, each character with their own personal discord to resolve, and each buoyed by an exceptional performance. You’ll learn of an ancient thespian’s 50-year feud with a theatre critic and watch a lovesick teenager rise up to meet a newfound responsibility. You’ll also bear witness to the growth of a performer over the course of a production of Euripides’ “Hecuba” and marvel at how patiently and precisely writer/director Patrick Wang weaves these threads and others across a series of exquisite vignettes and even outright musical numbers, each thoughtfully photographed on gorgeously grainy 16mm. The end result, across two epic halves, is a profound reminder of the transformative power of art and a communal tapestry as vivid and endearing as the folksy portions of TWIN PEAKS.

WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL is made possible in part by the funding support from Vinegar Syndrome and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.