CIFF Selects continues with ‘Buddy’

Mar 15, 2019
“Buddy” is an ode to the fighting spirit of its main characters; and a loving portrait of the deep bond between humans and dogs.

Camden — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House continue their 2019 CIFF Selects series Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. with a special sneak preview of the international crowd-favorite “Buddy,” a heartfelt look at the lives of guide dogs and their owners. “Buddy” 2018, Netherlands) is co-presented by PAWS Animal Adoption Center.

The film is the latest from master documentarian Heddy Honigman, a Dutch filmmaker whose work spans the past 35 years and has screened across the world, including a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The film premiered last November at IDFA, the world’s largest documentary festival, and has only screened in New York City in the United States thus far.

“‘Buddy’ is a heartfelt, intimate and beautiful film directed by one of the great storytellers working today,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute and founder of the Camden International Film Festival. “We are thrilled to partner with PAWS, and bring this audience favorite to our community, and state, that really loves its four-legged friends.”

A poignant and carefully composed portrait of six service dogs and their owners, “Buddy” explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way — respectfully and with genuine concern, rooted in a deep trust — about what the animals mean to them.

Tickets are $10 for adults can be purchased the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office; or in advance online at pointsnorthinstitute.org. All screenings are free for students younger than age 18; or who present a valid college ID. The 2019 series is presented by Bangor Savings Bank.

This year’s remaining screening dates are April 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, will follow select screenings.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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