Film closes SvevaFest

Jim Elderton’s Sveva Imprisoned will screen at Vernon Towne Cinema Oct. 29

Jim Elderton’s wildly popular film, Sveva Imprisoned, which won him the Okanagan Arts award, will screen at Vernon Towne Cinema Oct. 29 as the closing event of SvevaFest Caetani Connection.

When work started on the film it immediately ran into legal trouble over filming rights. Nevertheless, two years later, Elderton successfully screened his feature-length film at the Performing Arts Centre, eventually breaking their audience record.

It was selected for the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami, with the additional psychologist interview and the first-ever registered auction of a Caetani painting. And thanks to a grant from Vernon Film Society, the museum’s tape of the original family 16mm footage was digitally enhanced.

But progress of Elderton’s film still met with dissent.

“There are people who dispute the entire premise of the film, believing that Sveva wasn’t a prisoner in the house on Pleasant Valley Road,” Steven Lattey, who knew Sveva, said. “So come to the movie and join the discussion to explore the realities of Sveva’s confinement — which was certainly instrumental in driving this remarkable artist’s extraordinary creativity.”

At the screening, Caetani House will make the raffle draw of the print of Michelle Lowry’s famous red painting of Sveva Caetani. Guest speakers will be film narrator John Lent, Linda Wills, Peter Blundell, Lattey and Elderton. The show starts at 7 p.m Oct. 29. Tickets are $13 at the theatre and Bean Scene Coffee House, students $5 only at cinema.


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