Arithmetic is Annie’s story. At a young age, Annie receives a pet fish that meets an untimely death. She burns her journal when she discovers The Diary of Anne Frank. She has issues with yoga and feminism, and stand-offs with dictators and university grads brandishing degrees she doesn’t care for. She makes New Year’s resolutions she’s sure she can keep, deals with her overbearing mom and a methodical dental hygienist , and lies with such rigor and discipline that it’s virtually moral.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Michal Lavi is a self-taught independent filmmaker who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.She has written and directed three short films: Tying the Not (2008), Arithmetic–Annie’s Life in Numbers (2009) and I Liked You Better Before (2009, in post-production). The recipient of an Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) grant, Tying the Not is a comedy about a woman who doesn’t want to get married, to the disbelief of everyone around her. It premiered at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival in Wales, U.K., where it was nominated in the Best First Film–North America category. It has also been screened at SkyFest in Asheville, North Carolina, and as part of the National Film Board’s NSI Online Short Film Festival.Her second film, Arithmetic–Annie's Life in Numbers, was shot with the support of the AFA and the NFB’s film assistance award. Completed in September 2009, it stars Sarah Lind (Smallville, The Assassination of Jesse James, A Gun to the Head) and features original music by Lullaby Baxter. Arithmetic is a coming of age story told through a series of vignettes anchored by numbers and captions. It is presently being submitted to festivals around the world.Currently in post-production, her third film, I Liked You Better Before, is a collaboration with Calgary artist Lisa Brawn. Inspired by early 20th-century circus sideshows, it tracks the havoc wreaked upon a rural hamlet when a band of charlatans sweep in promising cheap and transformative plastic surgery.