'So you think you're crazy?'
Argentinian filmmaker Carlos Sorin claims his hometown of Buenos Aires has the most people undergoing psychoanalysis in the world – and that it’s becoming the norm.
He didn’t give a specific reason for the trend, but, speaking through a translator, said the practice is openly discussed with people comparing their pyschologists and psychiatrists.
It’s no surprise then that his latest work – The Cat Vanishes – focuses on a man recently released from a sanatorium to a wife who isn’t quite sure he's cured.
Sorin was speaking at the City To City symposium at the TIFF Lightbox along with a host of other Argentinian filmakers whose work is being featured at this year’s festival.
It’s the third year for the forum which is described as an “exploration of the urban experience, highlighting the best in emerging cinematic talent in a particular locale."
Cameron Bailey, co-director of the festival and host of the forum, said he and others have been keeping a close eye on what’s been happening in Argentina and that there’s a whole new generation of filmmakers and a thriving film culture.
Eight new films are being featured at the festival including Pablo Trapero’s Crane World, a look at the life of a man trying to make a living as a crane operator in Buenos Aires.
Sorin would not be pigeonholed when the discussion came to genre or a “new wave” of Argentinian filmmakers.
“When people talk to me about The Cat Vanishes they say: "'This is such an Argentinian movie.’” he said. “But that’s very hard for me to see. It’s a movie with no localism.”
But Sorin is certain of one thing: the growing prestige of the Toronto International Film Festival.
“This is a very important festival,” he said. “It has an international audience – a real audience. You can tell by the questions we keep getting asked.”