Denmark, 2017 (MIFF 2017, International,Europe)

Director: Daniel Borgman


Documentary and fiction blur together in Daniel Borgman's affecting, winsome tale of a 60-year-old intellectually disabled woman's search for love and safety.

Pia and her elderly mother Guitto – both playing themselves – live alone on a small Danish island. They both know that Guitto is nearing the end of her life, and that Pia won't be able to look after herself when she dies. Guitto wants Pia to move to a group home, where she can live with people like her. But after a lifetime of dreaming, Pia is determined to find true love and a man who can look after her, no matter what her mother says.

Created in collaboration with the real life Pia Skovgaard, Loving Pia is the dreamlike and affectionate sophomore feature from writer, director and cinematographer Daniel Borgman (The Weight of Elephants, MIFF 2013). Shooting in gauzy 16mm, Borgman has created a loving portrayal of intellectual disability that is rich in both humour and humanity – a film that sings with the understanding and friendship that made it.

Director Daniel Joseph Borgman will be at both sessions to introduce the film and take part in a post-screening Q&A.

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