Chicago Critics Film Festival

Fri, May 17th, 2019 to Thu, May 23rd, 2019

FESTIVAL PASSES - $150 / Tickets to individual screenings available below

THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL returns to the Music Box for its Sixth Year! The event, runner-up for Best Film Festival in the Chicago Reader’s 2017 “Best of Chicago” poll, annually features a selection of acclaimed films chosen by members of the organization, a combination of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a variety of filmmakers, from established Oscar winners to talented newcomers. It is the only current example of a major film critics group that hosts its own festival, and it’s right here in Chicago.

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Movies & Showtimes for
Chicago Critics Film Festival

Fri, May 17th
Saint Frances

7:00PM
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Fri, May 17th
Greener Grass

9:45PM
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Fri, May 17th
The Perfection

11:59PM
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Sat, May 18th
Wild Rose

11:00AM
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Sat, May 18th
CCFF Shorts Program #1

1:00PM
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Sat, May 18th
Brittany Runs a Marathon

3:30PM
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Sat, May 18th
Alien

6:00PM
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Sat, May 18th
Yesterday

9:30PM
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Sat, May 18th
In Fabric

11:59PM
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Sun, May 19th
Life Overtakes Me

10:45AM
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Sun, May 19th
Our Time Machine

12:15PM
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Sun, May 19th
Olympic Dreams

2:45PM
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Sun, May 19th
The Art of Self-Defense

4:45PM
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Sun, May 19th
Monos

10:00PM
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Mon, May 20th
The Perfection

3:00PM
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Mon, May 20th
CCFF Shorts Program #2

5:00PM
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Mon, May 20th
Skin

9:45PM
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Tue, May 21st
Olympic Dreams

3:00PM
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Tue, May 21st
The Short History of the Long Road

5:00PM
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Tue, May 21st
Pink Wall

7:15PM
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Tue, May 21st
Alice

9:45PM
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Wed, May 22nd
Monos

3:00PM
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Wed, May 22nd
Them That Follow

5:00PM
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Wed, May 22nd
Blinded by the Light

7:15PM
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Wed, May 22nd
Cold Case Hammarskjöld

10:00PM
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Thu, May 23rd
The Short History of the Long Road

1:30PM
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Thu, May 23rd
Luce

6:00PM
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Thu, May 23rd
Light From Light

8:30PM
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Alice

A FILM BY: Josephine Mackerras
WRITTEN BY: Josephine Mackerras
STARRING: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloé Boreham

After discovering that her husband's addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.

In French with English subtitles

"Alice is a brave, morally complicated tale that rests on Emilie Piponnier's organic performance and Josephine Mackerras' brave writing and direction." - Kevin L. Lee, Film Inquiry

"One of this year's must-see films, "Alice" is a revelation for audiences, telling us that it's OK to choose the paths we take, despite what society tells us." - Adriana Gomez-Weston, AwardsCircuit.com

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: DCP

Alien

A FILM BY: Ridley Scott
WRITTEN BY: Dan O'Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story)
STARRING: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

***Star Tom Skerritt in attendance for a post-film Q&A | SOLD OUT***

The Chicago Critics Film Festival is proud to present a 40th Anniversary celebration of Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece in 35mm.

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1979
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 117 mins
Format: 35mm

The Art of Self-Defense

A FILM BY: Riley Stearns
WRITTEN BY: Riley Stearns
STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

A dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

"The Art Of Self-Defense is a singular work, brimming with ideas, by a budding visionary with a hell of a lot to say." - Randall Colbun, Consequence of Sound

"A darkly comic look at toxic masculinity." - Ryan Oliver, The Playlist

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP

Blinded by the Light

A FILM BY: Gurinder Chadha
WRITTEN BY: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha
STARRING: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra

***Star Viveik Kalra in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

**Unfortunately, previously-announced guest Gurinder Chadha will no longer be in attendance at this screening**

Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen's powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

"Practically bursting with its love for Springsteen, the movie builds past its formulaic story when it captures the euphoria of singing a song you love." - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

"I guarantee it will make you feel better than any other film that comes out this year." - Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 114 mins
Format: DCP

Brittany Runs a Marathon

A FILM BY: Paul Downs Colaizzo
WRITTEN BY: Paul Downs Colaizzo
STARRING: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar

Brittany Forgler is a funny, likeable, 27-year-old hot mess of a New Yorker whose trashy nightclub adventures and early-morning walks of shame make her late for work every day. But when she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office in an attempt to score Adderall, Brittany gets handed a series of diagnoses instead—elevated heart rate, high blood pressure ... the list goes on. Suddenly forced to get a grip, Brittany laces up her Converse sneakers and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction—but is she on the right path?

Award-winning playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo makes his directorial debut with this bright, brisk comedy, with Jillian Bell leading an irresistible cast that infuses Brittany's story with heart and soul. Brittany Runs A Marathon is a film as entertaining as it is inspirational, the tale of how a woman known for being the life of the party finds real friends—and a real life—by taking control of her herself, one city block at a time.

"This terrifically engaging debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzano is the best kind of "crowdpleaser"." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

"A whip-smart comedy that manages to deliver genuinely funny uplift without ever swerving away from its own dark side." - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: DCP

CCFF Shorts Program #1

A FILM BY: Raed Alsemari, Amy Bench, Scott Calonico, Christopher Good, Will Goss, Alex Kavutskiy, Geoff Marslett, Nara Normande

***Directors Raed Alsemari, Amy Bench, Christopher Good, Alex Kavutskiy, and Geoff Marslett in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

SHORTS INCLUDED

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) Dir. Scott Calonico | 11 min.
The amazing story of "Sudden Birth", one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created.

Crude Oil Dir. Christopher Good | 15 min.
Jenny breaks free from a toxic friendship and learns to harness her magical, useless superpower.

Squirrel Dir. Alex Kavutskiy | 17 min.
A meager apology tests a woman's fortitude to forgive.

Dunya's DayDir. Raed Alsemari | 14 min.
Abandoned by her domestic help, Dunya fights to throw the perfect graduation soirée.

The Phantom 52Dir. Geoff Marslett | 8 min.
Loneliness is a trucker who calls out on his CB radio waiting for a reply that never comes; A ghost that haunts the deserted highways; and a whale that sings at a frequency no other whale can even hear. Featuring the voice of Tom Skerritt.

A Line Birds Cannot See Dir. Amy Bench | 9 min.
Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a place where they can be safe again.

Sweet Steel Dir. Will Goss | 5 min.
A depressed man puts off an important task.

Guaxuma Dir. Nara Normande | 15 min.
Tayra and I grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. We were inseparable. The sea breeze brings me back happy memories.

Technical Information

Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

CCFF Shorts Program #2

A FILM BY: Paul Autric, Robert Dupuis, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Carolina Markowicz, Anette Sidor, Kate Trefry, Sandra Winther

SHORTS INCLUDED

Wild LoveDir. Paul Autric | 7 min.
Alan and Beverly, away hiking on a romantic getaway, are tenderly in love. Unfortunately, in the middle of their blinding happiness, they provoke - without even noticing it - the death of a marmot.

How To Be AloneDir. Kate Trefry | 11 min.
Maika Monroe stars as a woman whose deepest fears seem to manifest physically when her husband leaves for the night shift. 

Fuck YouDir. Anette Sidor | 15 min.
Alice is together with Johannes but she doesn't have enough space to be herself. On a night out with friends, she challenges her boyfriend's thoughts about girls.

Sometimes, I Think About DyingDir. Stefanie Abel Horowitz | 12 min.
Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.

The Downfall of Santa ClausDir. Robert Depuis | 13 min.
Santa Claus' whole existence is fading, because the children have stopped believing in him. But there is one little boy called Vetle, that still believes, but for how long?

The OrphanDir. Carolina Markowicz | 16 min. 
Jonathas has been adopted, but it doesn't take long until he is returned because he is "different" from the other kids.

Lowland KidsDir. Sandra Winther | 22 min.
As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that's been their family home for generations.

 

Technical Information

Run Time: 98 mins

Chicago Critics Film Festival Pass

Technical Information

Run Time: 10 mins

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

A FILM BY: Mads Brügger
WRITTEN BY: Mads Brügger

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed, leaving no survivors. It's understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo's independence, the "crash" was an assassination. With the case still unsolved fifty-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger leads viewers down a wild investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends and elusive interviews later, Brügger begins to uncover a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world.

In English, French, Swedish, Bemba, and Danish with English subtitles

"Cold Case Hammarskjöld is a must-see film. And its revelations might just change our perception of how evil this world can be." - Mike Ryan, Uproxx

"A funny, gripping, crazed take on the mystery investigation drama." - Dan Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Denmark
Language: English
Run Time: 128 mins
Format: DCP

Greener Grass

A FILM BY: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
WRITTEN BY: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
STARRING: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett

***Directors/Stars/Writers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

GREENER GRASS is a deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance. The film is a twist on everyday suburban life both a love letter and an "FU" where the characters make life-altering decisions on a whim and being polite is held to a highest standard, even if it means you go too far.

"It's grounded. It's smart. It's downright disgusting." - Alan Ng, Film Threat

"Simply put, Greener Grass is destined to be a cult classic. It's fun and f**ked up in the best way possible." - Marisa Mirabal, Birth.Movies.Death

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

In Fabric

A FILM BY: Peter Strickland
WRITTEN BY: Peter Strickland
STARRING: Gwendoline Christie, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sidse Babett Knudsen

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She' fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown – which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.

From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance, The Duke of Burgundy, and auditory giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland's most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

"In Fabric is a very strange movie... Submit to the exquisite mystery of retail, and enjoy." - Katie Rife, AV Club

"Another off-the-wall movie from exquisite English filmmaker Peter Strickland that's also, at times, batshit crazy." - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: DCP

Life Overtakes Me

A FILM BY: Kristine Samuelson, John Haptas

***Directors Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden have become afflicted into Resignation Syndrome, withdrawing from the world into a coma-like state for months, or even years. The families of these children have been subjected to severe trauma in their home countries, followed by the anxiety of a lengthy asylum process and an uncertain future. Intercut with sweeping Swedish landscapes, Life Overtakes Me follows three families for over a year. Viewers are immersed in their lives as the anguished parents struggle to care for their sick children.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Sweden
Language: English
Run Time: 40 mins
Format: DCP

Light From Light

A FILM BY: Paul Harrill
WRITTEN BY: Paul Harrill
STARRING: Marin Ireland, Jim Gaffigan, Josh Wiggins

***Closing Night | Director Paul Harrill and Star Jim Gaffigan in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

Single mom Shelia, gifted with sometimes prophetic dreams, moonlights as a paranormal investigator while working at a car-rental service counter and raising her teenage son, Owen. After her appearance on a local radio program, she's contacted by Richard, a recent widower who thinks his departed wife may be "haunting" his East Tennessee farmhouse. Agreeing to help, Shelia brings along Owen and his classmate Lucy in hopes of understanding the mystery.

"An experience rich with atmosphere and humanity, and drama ultimately more enlightening than the cheap thrills that pervade the dime-a-dozen ghost stories we've seen before." - Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"A movie this modest requires patience and generosity and a rejection of expectations...But it is a gem likely to stay with anyone smart enough to seek it out." - Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 82 mins
Format: DCP

Luce

A FILM BY: Julius Onah
WRITTEN BY: J.C. Lee
STARRING: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Seventeen-year-old Luce (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) is a star athlete and debate-team captain in his suburban Virginia high school. Raised by loving adoptive white parentsAmy and Peter (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth), the African-born teenager is worlds away from his former incarnation as a war-torn child soldier in Eritrea. But Luce's idealized image as star pupil and immigrant success story is challenged when his teacher Mrs. Wilson (Octavia Spencer) discovers fireworks in his locker, and incendiary political views in an assigned essay. When Wilson confronts Luce's parents, an intense debate is ignited —and a different side of Luce is revealed. A masterful social thriller on race and identity from writer-director Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox), featuring a breakout turn by Harrison (It Comes at Night), LUCE exposes unsettling tensions at the intersection of race, class, gender and power, threatening to upend all that we hold dear in our homes, communities and institutions.

"A deeply smart film about race and expectations." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"A film so sharp with tension that you might develop paper cuts just watching it." - Trey Mangum, Shadow and Act

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: DCP

Monos

A FILM BY: Alejandro Landes
WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos
STARRING: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero

Opens September 20th | Director Alejandro Landes in Attendance for a Post-Film Q&A following the Friday, 9/20 7pm Screening

MONOS, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature, is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream. 

With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (only her third, after UNDER THE SKIN and JACKIE), director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana's Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace.

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

"A monumentally cinematic experience of lush wilderness and raw emotions." - RogerEbert.com

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Colombia
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: DCP

Olympic Dreams

A FILM BY: Jeremy Teicher
WRITTEN BY: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas
STARRING: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy

In the Athlete Village at the Olympic Winter Games, Penelope (Alexi Pappas), a cross-country skier, befriends Ezra (Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist, after a disappointing finish in her race. Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together. Filmed on location in the actual Olympic Village at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

"A raw depiction of emotional intimacy between two people who are both slightly neurotic in different ways, but nevertheless want big things out of life." - Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter

"Jeremy Teicher's offbeat charmer is an artful mix of documentary-style realism and wistful romanticism." - Joe Leydon, Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

Our Time Machine

A FILM BY: S. Leo Chiang, Sun Yang

***Talent in attendance for a post-film Q&A | Student Ticket Rate Available at the Box Office ONLY with Valid Student ID***

When influential Chinese artist Ma Liang (a.k.a. Maleonn) realizes that his father Ma Ke, an accomplished Peking Opera director, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, he invites his father to collaborate on his most ambitious project to date - a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets called "Papa's Time Machine". Through the creation of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

In Chinese with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: China
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP

The Perfection

A FILM BY: Richard Shepard
WRITTEN BY: Eric C. Charmelo, Richard Shepard
STARRING: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber

The most buzzed-about movie at last year's Fantastic Fest, THE PERFECTION is an elegant and terrifying suspense ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Overflowing with dizzying horror and sly dark humor, THE PERFECTION is directed by Richard Shepard (THE MATADOR, DOM HEMINGWAY, "Girls"), and written by Eric C. Charmelo, Nicole Snyder and Richard Shepard.

"A strong stomach and good humor will be rewarded kindly by this one." - Deidre Crimmins, Rue Morgue Magazine

"It's surely one of the most riveting films of the year and will be burned into your brain long after its ghastly crescendo." - James Clay, Fresh Fiction

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: DCP

Pink Wall

A FILM BY: Tom Cullen
WRITTEN BY: Tom Cullen
STARRING: Tatiana Maslany, Jay Duplass

***Writer/Director Tom Cullen and Star Jay Duplass in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

**Unfortunately, previously-announced guest Tatiana Maslany will no longer be in attendance at this screening**

PINK WALL is a modern day romance, following the six year relationship of Jenna (Tatiana Maslany) and Leon (Jay Duplass). Intimately told through defining moments along their journey together, the film explores how both friendship and resentments grow as the pressures of adult life confront them.

"An ultimately moving, very impressive debut." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Plunges straight into the heart of the matter, and leaves you wondering what parts of your own relationship might be just beyond your field of vision." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

Piranhas

A FILM BY: Claudio Giovannesi
WRITTEN BY: Roberto Saviano (novel), Claudio Giovannesi (screenplay)
STARRING: Francesco Di Napoli, Viviana Aprea, Mattia Piano Del Balzo

Opens August 30th | A Music Box Films Release

Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah), PIRANHAS follows fifteen year-old Nicola (newcomer Francesco Di Napoli) who lives with his mother and younger brother in the Sanità neighborhood of Naples, a place that has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries. Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his group of friends begin selling drugs, an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that begins to threaten their innocence, relationships, and safety of their families.

In Neapolitan with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

Saint Frances

A FILM BY: Alex Thompson
WRITTEN BY: Kelly O'Sullivan
STARRING: Kelly O'Sullivan, Ramona Edith-Williams, Charin Alvarez

***Opening Night | Star/Writer Kelly O'Sullivan and Director Alex Thompson in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

At the start of the summer, Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in an affluent Chicago suburb - nannying six-year old Frances (played by the scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). With no time to recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances' moms. As her personal relationships suffer, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else's family.

"Both a beautifully specific character study and something that has resonance beyond the demographic of its cast." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Will take you through an entire journey of emotion, it's so insightful and eloquent and respectful and painful and affirming." - Roxana Hadadi, Pajiba

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
Format: DCP

The Short History of the Long Road

A FILM BY: Ani Simon-Kennedy
WRITTEN BY: Ani Simon-Kennedy
STARRING: Sabrina Carpenter, Danny Trejo, Maggie Siff

For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair criss-cross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motorhome to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Skin

A FILM BY: Guy Nattiv
WRITTEN BY: Guy Nattiv
STARRING: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall

After a difficult childhood drives him into the grasps of a white supremacist gang, Bryon (Jamie Bell, delivering a visceral, explosive performance) tries to escape to a new life, all the while questioning whether he's capable of undoing – and repenting for – the evil he's done. Guy Nattiv makes his English-language feature debut with this galvanizing story of transformation, inspired by actual events. His short film, Skin, won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

"Skin leaves a lasting impression as it peels off a shameful past." - Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

"The performances across the board are outstanding, with Bell first among equals." - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 120 mins
Format: DCP

Them That Follow

A FILM BY: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage
WRITTEN BY: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage
STARRING: Alice Englert, Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman

Snake handlers are spiritual renegades belonging to an obscure sect of American Pentecostalism: part of a century-old tradition of worshipping with venomous snakes during church services. Seeing themselves as the vanguards of salvation in a morally bankrupt world, believers put their lives on the line, each and every week, to prove themselves before God. Set deep in the hills of Appalachia, THEM THAT FOLLOW explores this unseen way of life —telling the story of a pastor's daughter whose forbidden relationship forces her to confront the dangerous traditions of her father's church.

"The filmmakers let the story slither at its own rhythm, so that the magnitude of the psychological control can be fully exposed." - Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap

"In terms of mood, directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage do a lot with a little, allowing the plot to coil round the characters." - Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

Wild Rose

A FILM BY: Tom Harper
WRITTEN BY: Nicole Taylor
STARRING: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

Jessie Buckley delivers an unforgettable, star-making performance as Rose-Lynn Harlan, a rebellious country singer who dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville.

Fresh out of prison, Rose-Lynn precariously juggles her menial job, two children, and committed mother, expertly portrayed by Oscar-nominee Julie Walters, as she pursues her bold ambition of a one-way ticket to musical stardom. With the support of her boss (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn embarks on a life-changing journey that challenges her sense of self and helps her discover her true voice.

Complete with an electrifying soundtrack performed exclusively by Buckley WILD ROSE is a joyous human story steeped in music, courage, family, and achieving your dreams - no matter how far away they may appear. After all, all you need are three chords and the truth.

"A real foot-stomper, carried by spirited performances from Buckley, Walters and Okonedo." - Beth Webb, Little White Lies

"A happy-sad drama of starstruck fever that lifts you up and sweeps you along, touching you down in a puddle of well-earned tears." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Yesterday

A FILM BY: Danny Boyle
WRITTEN BY: Jack Barth (story by), Richard Curtis (screenplay)
STARRING: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He's about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC's Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed ... and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack's fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles' most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 112 mins
Format: DCP

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