It could be the shortest film at this yr’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), spanning lower than 4 minutes, however Strong Son is clearly leaving an eternal impression on audiences, critics and organisers.
The film, made by 34-year-old Indian-origin Sikh filmmaker Ian Bawa who is predicated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has made it to the top-ten lists of publications reminiscent of Now Toronto and the New York-based Film Stage. It has additionally been featured by nationwide broadcaster CBC.
Ian Bawa’s film is in regards to the relationship between a weightlifter and his father. Bodybuilder Mandeep Sodhi was forged because the weightlifter, whereas the daddy’s function was performed by the director’s mother or father, Jagdeep Singh Bawa.
The filmmaker mentioned he managed to submit his work for this yr’s Short Cuts part at the TIFF solely as a result of pandemic-related shutdowns gave him the time he wanted “to sit down, edit it and shape it”.
The uncooked footage, Ian Bawa mentioned, had been mendacity with him since final yr. “I just needed a project and I threw all my energy into this,” he mentioned.
He referred to as his film “super personal” and born of “pure passion”, as it’s based mostly on his private equation together with his father, who had immigrated to Canada from India within the 1970s.
TIFF programmer Lisa Haller described the short film as “an endearing portrait” of the father-son bond.
The narrative of the film contains humour and thought-provoking components, which come out prominently by means of the daddy’s voiceover, offering the cultural backdrop of the characters portrayed. In one scene, as an example, the daddy ruminates aloud, “My son is getting older and I’m worried that he’s spent too much time getting strong and not enough time settling down.”
Ian Bawa insists that regardless of highlighting typical Indian household riffs, the theme of the film is common and the work has stemmed partly from his personal private “insecurities”.
This isn’t the primary time Ian Bawa has been a part of a piece that premiered at the TIFF. He labored with three colleagues, who name themselves the Winnipeg Collective, on the 2016 film, Imitations.
“This is a year everyone is going to remember and I’m part of the new world of film festivals,” the filmmaker mentioned, underlining the novelty issue at this yr’s Toronto occasion that was compelled to be carried out largely on-line because of coronavirus-related restrictions.