Karen Guthrie’s new film “The Closer We Get” will get its European Premiere on Thursday 18th June at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival which runs from June 17th to 28th…
Directed and produced by Karen Guthrie and co-produced by Nina Pope, The Closer We Get, which recently won Best International Feature Documentary Award at HotDocs 2015, is a powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption.
The film was developed with support from the Scottish Documentary Institute, Royal College of Art, Creative England and Sources2 and produced with support by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Splice and 333 Indiegogo funders.
Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn’t the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: her prodigal father, the unfathomable but endearing Ian – separated from Ann for years – also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to confront the family story before it’s too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried – and failed – to keep from them all, and to find that Ann’s stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.
With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to her audience both a compelling story and a unique portrait of contemporary family survival.
Guthrie said: “We are thrilled to be having our European Premiere of The Closer We Get at Edinburgh, a city I’ve loved since I was a student at the College of Art. The film has been five years in the making and I’m so excited to share this labour of love with the festival’s audience – it’s a family story that starts in Scotland but spans the world.”
The Closer We Get will be released in UK cinemas in September 2015