Presented By:Kazik Radwanski
On the surface, 40-ish married father-of-two Erwin (Erwin Van Cotthem, who absolutely owns this role) looks like a functioning member of society. But the deeper we dig into his life, from his obsessive marathon sessions of computer fantasy games to the extreme irritation with which he experiences most real-world interactions, we see a troubled man-child who’s barely getting by.
As some of the trappings of respectable middle-class life fall to the side and further cracks show in both Erwin’s psyche and his behavior, Kazik Radwanski’s film takes on deeper and deeper layers of meaning. Is this an incisive critique of modern masculinity and male privilege? A hilarious satire of computer addiction and gaming culture? A deeply felt look at a human being whose lack of self- awareness creates a wall between himself and the people around him? Yes, emphatically.
Rendered in a uniquely claustrophobic visual style, How Heavy This Hammer brilliantly earns comparisons to vital cinematic statements like Ronald Bronstein’s Frownland (MDFF 2007) and the best work of Todd Solondz. For those who savor note-perfect films that push our identification with the lead character to its breaking point, exposing in the process the ugly little ways we treat each other badly, and the troubling big ways we structure our lives so that they’re doomed for failure... this is the film for you. (Eric Allen Hatch)Director Bio
Kazik Radwanski was born in Toronto. He studied filmmaking at Ryerson University and co-founded the film production company MDFF. His short films include Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008), Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009), Green Crayons (2010), and Cutaway (2014). His features are Tower (2012) and How Heavy This Hammer, which world-premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.