The essence of cinema is a communion of spirits, one might think from watching MS Slavic 7. The ghostly bookworm Audrey Benac (played by one of the film’s co-directors and photographed by the other) digs through a collection of letters housed at Harvard written by her great-grandmother, a Polish poet, to a male compatriot author while both lived in exile in North America. After each day, she delivers a monologue detailing her relations with the words. The film additionally interweaves with plaintive rawness a set of memories, both from Audrey and others, that might be real or imagined.
Sofia Bohdanowicz is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Some of her awards include Emerging Canadian Director award at VIFF in 2016 and the Jay Scott Prize from the TFCAs in 2017. Her films have screened at such festivals as TIFF, Berlinale, and Locarno and a retrospective of her work was shown at BAFICI in 2017. Deragh Campbell is a Toronto-based filmmaker and actor. She has played lead roles in numerous critically acclaimed films and has co-writing and producing credits on many of these projects. She has received writing credits on a number of her acting projects and was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for screenwriting. She was selected for the Rising Star program at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and for the Artist Academy at the 2018 New York Film Festival. 'MS Slavic 7' is her first feature film as co-director.