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April 22–28, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Too Late

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Film still: Too Late Film still: Too Late
 

35mm print!

Critics' Pick
  —New York Times
"A strangely involving, idiosyncratic masterwork"
  —Los Angeles Times
"[John] Hawkes has been a must-see since Winter's Bone, and may well prove a worthy descendant of Philip Marlowe"
  —LA Weekly
"Dennis Hauck's twisty noir Too Late takes the classic logline of 'a woman in trouble' to Los Angeles, and to dizzying cinematic heights in beautiful 35mm"
  —Indiewire
"It's at once lo-fi and virtuosic"
  —Village Voice
"a film that is aged well beyond its years... a very stylish and assured debut"
  —Twitch
Recommended "[A] remarkable debut feature... cinephiles will be charmed"
  —Chicago Reader

A world-weary private detective Sampson (John Hawkes, Winter's Bone, Low Down) needs to find a missing stripper by the name of Dorothy. Throughout his journey into the underbelly of L.A., he will encounter past loves, depressed housewives, angry mothers and retired dancers. With each encounter, he will discover connections never imagined possible, all reinforcing that it may be "too late."

A love-letter to classic 70s Hollywood, Dennis Hauk's debut feature plays out in five, twenty-two minute shots, the maximum allowed on Techniscope 35mm. It is a technical marvel that tells its story as Hauck uses one reel for each sequence, resorting to no trick shots or edits, and then shows the reels in a non-sequential order to create a story that switches between the past, the present and the future while still making sense. It is a brilliant device that captures the imagination from the first scene and does not let go until the credits roll.

The cast is led by John Hawkes as the disheveled but eternally cool Sampson who is not only searching for the missing girl but also for repentance for his sins. He is a character haunted by his own past, and as the picture moves along, his motivation is gradually brought into focus. Veteran actors, including Robert Forster and Jeff Fahey, complete a strong cast a Hawkes' Mel Sampson tries to keep a promise to a girl he met just once, on a memorable night, unraveling a plot that pulls him out of his own self-imposed ennui and into the fray of justice.

Directed by Dennis Hauck, 2015, U.S.A., 35mm, 107 mins.


There will be a bonus screening of the companion short film Sunday Punch after the 9 p.m. screenings of Too Late on Friday and Saturday, Apr. 22 & 23 as well as Sunday, Apr. 24 after the 7 p.m. screening.

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Sunday Punch

After one too many bad nights, a ring girl decides it's high time to get out from under the thumb of a local gangster, and burn every bridge she can on the way out.

Directed by Dennis Hauck, 2015, U.S.A., 18 mins.

 

Showtimes

  • Fri., Apr. 22 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Apr. 23 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Apr. 24 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Apr. 26–28 at 7 & 9 pm
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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 charles@facets.org.

  • 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