35 mm - 2011 - Canada - 82 min - Color - Drama
Original title: Oliver Sherman
A film by Ryan Redford
Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. That man, Franklin Page, has long since moved on – to a wife, two children, and a reliable job in a quiet, rural town. Upon arriving, Sherman seems at first a harmless, if awkward, shell of a man. But as he inserts himself further into the Pages’ lives, he reveals himself to be an angry, unstable individual prone to great jealousy and deep resentment. The stability Franklin worked so hard to establish is soon threatened, and the violence he believed he’d left behind in the war begins to re-emerge and cloud over both the household and the town itself.
Original language: English
Produced by: Paul Stephens, Eric Jordan
The Film Works
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada 2010 / Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada 2010 / Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada 2010 / Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden 2011 - eligible for the Ingmar Bergman Intl Debut Award / Titanic Budapest Film Festival, Hungary 2011 / Seattle International Film Festival, USA 2011 / Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK 2011 / Festival Paris Cinéma, France 2011 / La Rochelle International Film Festival, France / Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2011 / Lume International Film Festival, Brazil 2011 / New Horizons Film Festival, Poland 2011 / Festival Film by the Sea, Netherlands 2011 - Dioraphte Film and Literature Competition / Cinematik Piešťany IFF, Slovakia 2011 / Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2011 / Seville European Film Festival, Spain 2011 / Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany 2011 / Northern Film Festival, Netherlands 2011 / International Film Festival of India, Goa 2011 / Rencontres internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine et du Film restauré de Vincennes, France 2012 / Pune international film Festival, India 2012 / Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia 2012 / Zadar Film Forum, 1st and 2nd film competition, Croatia 2012
Best Canadian Feature Award - Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010 / Best First Time Director Award - Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival 2010
Born in Vancouver, Ryan Redford graduated from York University’s film program in Toronto and received an apprenticeship in directing from the Academy of Canadian Cinema. He has written and directed six short films, which have screened at more than 50 international festivals and been broadcast on television stations including CBC, IFC Canada, Showcase and France 3. His two most recent shorts, Song of Wreckage and Lake, both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. His screenplay Bone received Best Unproduced Screenplay at the 2007 Writers Guild of Canada Awards. Oliver Sherman is his first feature film.