October 6 – 11
Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives. Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one’s self that defies easy narrative categorization.
Dir: Josephine Decker / 2018 / US / 94 min
“One of the year’s headiest, most dazzlingly assured moviegoing experiences.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“This is one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.” – David Ehrlich, indieWire
“Helena Howard makes a heart-stopping professional debut as Madeline caught between Molly Parker’s manipulative acting teacher and Miranda July’s differently manipulative mom.” – Bob Mondello, NPR’s All Things Considered
SCREENING: SAT 10/6 4:00PM & 9:00PM; SUN 10/7 2:30PM & 7:30PM; TUE 10/9 7:00PM; WED 10/10 4:00PM; THU 10/11 7:00PM
Tickets available at the box office 1/2 hour before showtimes.