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Some Kind of Love


Thu 30 Jul 2015, 11:15am–12:45pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Some Kind of Love is a film about a scientist, his sister the artist and the nephew who arrives to make a film about them. It screens at the International Film Festival in Auckland, direct from its Official Selection at the Toronto Festival. It has also been selected for Sydney, Palm Springs and DocAviv. Filmmaker Sumner Burstyn will be attending for a Q&A after the film.

Some Kind of Love is the third feature collaboration between multi-award winning, Emmy-nominated, Oscar short-listed filmmaker, Tom Burstyn and producer, writer and social commentator Sumner Burstyn. Their first film, One Man, One Cow, One Planet about the farming revolution in India won multiple film awards, while This Way of Life was shortlisted for Oscar and won more than a dozen international awards.

Artist and designer Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, lives surrounded by a half century of painting, sculpture, frames, fabrics, books, archeologia and fleeting bursts of frenzied imagination. Her glory days behind her, she resides in ‘Havershamian’-splendour in the last un-renovated house in a posh bit of London.

Her older brother has moved in, along with his concert grand piano. Dr Joseph Sonnabend, 79, is an esteemed doctor, famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the AIDS virus. After a career committed to science, Joseph has returned to a country he has little affection for, a house he hates, and his sister who shows early signs of dementia. Bound by duty, he struggles to cope with her deterioration.
Into this heady mix their step-nephew, filmmaker Thomas Burstyn, arrives to bring this to the screen: A story of fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora, legacy, and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur.

“Some Kind of Love is number two in our quartet of films exploring the four types of loves as defined by the ancient Greeks,” says Sumner Burstyn: “This Way of Life was about family love or Storge. Some Kind of Love is about unconditional love or Agape. Our next film will be about romantic love or Agape.”

In addition to producing three feature documentaries, a number of television commercials and instructional films, Sumner Burtsyn is widely published in New Zealand and an award- winning social issues columnist. Her book based on This Way of Life was published by HarperCollins in 2012. Sumner Burstyn is currently working on an historical fiction about her lost father, a Formula 1 driver.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Burstyn trained at the National Film Board of Canada before enjoying success in feature films. Canadian born, he directed the award-winning documentary One Man, One Cow, One Planet and This Way of Life.

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