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PROGRAM - Competition - International Competition

International Competition

The Stairs

DIRECTOR Hugh GIBSON International CompetitionAsian Premiere
Nation Canada 201695minDCPcolor Documentary
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Overview

Told over five years, The Stairs defies stereotypes about drug use, sex work and homelessness through an intimate portrait that is by turns funny, surprising and moving.

Program Schedule

Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
133 2017. 04. 28 17:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 7
EK15GV
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434 2017. 05. 01 17:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 7
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844 2017. 05. 05 17:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 7
EK15
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  • Review

    Social workers at a community health center in Regent Park, Toronto, experience their present face their painful past. They can understand what people are going through because they themselves were drug addicts. The Stairs covers 5 years and focuses on three individuals. Martin has a serious addiction and faces a consequence, Roxanne struggles as a sex worker and Greg is homeless. While these individuals have to live ´under the stairs,´ the documentary shares their lethargy and shows the inner sides of people by questioning life in the contemporary world and presents a stark human face that rejects the idea of drugs, prostitution and homelessness. Hugh Gibson spent a long time with them and presents a documentary that is an art of time and a reflection of it. It is a record of the people around us as well as a self-portrait of ourselves. [Lee Sang-yong]

  • Credit

    Director Hugh GIBSON
    Producer Hugh GIBSON
    Cinematography Cam WOYKIN, Hugh GIBSON
    Editor Andres LANDAU, Ryan J. NOTH
    Sound Finlay BRAITHWAITE, Gabe KNOX, Lucas PROKAZIUK, Marcel RAMAGNANO
    Cast Martin THOMPSON, Roxanne SMITH, Greg BELL

Director

Hugh GIBSON

Studied Film from York University. He wrote and directed short drama, Hogtown Blues(2004) which was awarded Bilbao: Audience Award from Toronto International Film Festival. He also produced short doc A Tomb with a view(2014), A Place Called Los Pereyra(2009). The Stairs is his feature debut as director, won Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Canadian Film of 2016.