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April 21–27, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Métamorphoses

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"Audacious, faintly preposterous, and utterly entrancing"
  —Film Comment
"Playful, dirty, edgy, organic and beautiful in its micro-budget way"
  —Screen Anarchy
"A daring exploration of the inextricable and fluid relationships of sex, gender and power... a challenging, yet compelling film"
  —Los Angeles Times

When Europa (newcomer Amira Akili) skips class and meets a magnetic young man named Jupiter (Sébastien Hirel), she embarks on an unexpected and magical journey. Traveling aboard his eight-wheel truck, they arrive in a mythical land inhabited by powerful gods who can transform humans into plants or animals in the blink of an eye. Europa watches, listens, and plays in their immortal home, becoming acquainted with his friends, Bacchus and Orpheus. As the confrontation between seductive, yet vengeful gods and innocent mortals unfolds, Europa grasps a greater sense of life and love in this revelatory modern-day retelling of Ovid's Metamorphoses, one of the foundational texts of Western literature: a compilation of mythological tales of encounters between mismatched gods and mortals.

Filmmaker Christophe Honoré (director of the musical melodrama Love Songs) has transplanted this epic poem to present-day France and has created a unique, enchanting, slyly satiric and romantic movie with a mainly young cast that relate in dress style and attitude to the here and now. Casting young unknowns as gods and mortals alike, Honoré parallels the subversive nature of Ovid's text, wherein gods are often challenged, and even bested, by the mortals they seek to rule.

"As a child, I experienced the pleasure of fiction thanks to my elder brother who would read Ovid's Metamorphoses to me in secret. After eight feature films, I felt that the time had come to reimmerse myself in the vivid, timeless writing of Ovid. At a time in which the very mention of Greece immediately conjures up 'Greek debt', I felt it was urgent to remind ourselves of 'Greek heritage'." —Christophe Honoré.

Directed by Christophe Honoré, 2014, France, 102 mins. In French with English subtitles.

Showtimes

  • Fri., April 21 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., April 22 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., April 23 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., April 24 at 9:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., April 25–27 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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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