Nikolay Michaylov | Cinematographer | Director


Writer/Director: Kazik Radwanksi
Producer: Dan Montgomery, Kazik Radwanski / MDFF
Editor: Ajla Odobašic
Cast: Erwin Van Cotthem, Kate Ashley, Seth Kirsh, Andrew Latter
Colour: Conor Fisher
Canada / 75 Minutes / 16:9

A married father of two nearing middle age, Erwin (Erwin Van Cotthem) is not quite an outcast, but as his life slowly begins to unravel we begin to understand just how far outside the social order he truly is. Erwin spends all of his free time playing fantasy games online. When not on the computer, Erwin is a barely conscious entity: virtually everything else in his life is a distraction and an annoyance (including his wife and children), and his only physical exercise is rugby, where he uses his bulk to his advantage and releases his usually sublimated aggression. A touching yet infuriating example of our society’s mysterious ability to freeze men in adolescence, Irwin is both conscious of and frustrated by his stunted existence, but is either unwilling or incapable of getting out of his rut.

How Heavy This Hammer is a raw portrait of a man in a rut, The Globe and Mail, 2016

Nothing matters but the online fantasy game in How Heavy This Hammer, NOW Magazine, 2016

At the Toronto International Film Festival: The Passion of Terence Davies, The Sadness of Canadian Middle Age, Brooklyn Magazine, 2016

Four Three Film review, 2016

TIFF 2015 Review – How Heavy This Hammer, The Film Stage, 2015

Reel Brief: Mini reviews of Equity, Anthropoid, Lo and Behold, How Heavy This Hammer, The Infiltrator, The Toronto Star, 2016

Streaming service Mubi offers a new wave of Canadian filmmakers some much deserved exposure, The Globe and Mail, 2018

Kazik Radwanski Introduces His Film “How Heavy This Hammer”, MUBI, 2018

*Berlinale International Film Festival, Berlin 2016
*Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto 2015
*Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal, 2015
*Calgary International Film Festival, Alberta 2015
*Cleveland International Film Festival, Ohio, 2016
*Dallas International Film Festival, Texas, 2016
*Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, 2016
*Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia 2016
*CPH Pix , Denmark 2016
*Museum of the Moving Image: First Look, New York 2017
*NOMINATED: Toronto Film Critics Association – Best Canadian Film 2016