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MARK

Canada, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Mike Hoolboom

“The impossible happened, the thing that was never supposed to occur.” - filmmaker Mike Hoolboom

Experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom dives into deeply personal territory in this moving documentary about his friend and editor, Mark Karbusicky, who unexpectedly and meticulously hanged himself at the age of 35.

Part tribute, part personal investigation, Mark sees Hoolboom piece together a mosaic of delicate fragments, crafting the life of his longtime friend from unconventional interviews, stock footage, home video and childhood relics, probing at the mystery of just how little we know about the lives that surround ours.

“I wasn't able to see the way his lightness was also a way of erasing every step, as if he were walking backwards through the snow with a broom, leaving no traces. Now you see me, now you don't.” - Mike Hoolboom

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