Tower centres on a thirty-four year old man, Derek, who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Canada. Unlike his married brother who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career. Although he aspires to become a graphic-animator, he works part-time at his uncle’s construction company. Late at night he wanders the street alone and frequents nightclubs in search of companionship. Derek suddenly finds himself in an intimate relationship with a woman he meets, Nicole. When a neighbourhood raccoon becomes a constant nuisance by tearing up his family’s garbage, Derek sets out to catch it.
Born in 1985 in Toronto, where he studied filmmaking at Ryerson University, Kazik Radwanski directed his first short film, ASSAULT, in 2007. It was followed by PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (2008), OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA (2009) and GREEN CRAYONS (2010), the two latest selected at the Berlin Festival. In 2008, he co-founded the production company MDFF with Daniel Montgomery. TOWER is his debut feature film. —festivalscope.com