Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

April 10–16, 2015

Chicago Premiere

The Reconstruction of William Zero

Film still: The Reconstruction of William Zero


"If H.G. Wells were alive today...he would surely approve of this suburban mad-scientist tale"
"Accessible to [sci-fi] genre die-hards and general moviegoers alike... the film plays strongly as both mystery and haunted love story"
  —Hollywood Reporter

William Blakely (Conal Byrne) is a geneticist working for NexCorp, a government-contracted research organization. He has a home, a loving wife and son, and a job at the forefront of advances in sciences and technology. When a terrible accident tips off a series of events that lead William into a coma with no memory, he needs to relearn his past and memories. Helping him recover is his mysterious twin brother (also played by Byrne), who also works for NexCorp. He also tries to reconcile his relationship with his estranged wife Jules (Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color), but there comes a time when he must be told about the more unpleasant parts of his past, which leads to the troubling discovery that neither William nor his brother may be exactly who they first appear to be. William realizes that the memories he has recovered are not his at all, and he must go to extreme lengths to uncover the shocking truth behind his "reconstruction".

The Reconstruction of William Zero is a thriller as well as an investigation into an identity crisis, building tension as the unveiling of personal secrets leads to violence on the part of those trying to protect them.

Directed by Dan Bush, 2014, U.S.A., 98 mins.


  • Fri., Apr. 10 at 11:30 pm
  • Sat., Apr. 11 at 9:45 & 11:30 pm
  • Sun., Apr. 12 at 7 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs. Apr. 14–16 at 7:45 pm
Order tickets


$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation