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August 28–September 3, 2015

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Zipper


Produced by Darren Aronofsky

"Zipper boasts a great cast—and a great role for Lena Heady"
  —Village Voice

A charismatic federal prosecutor and devoted family man whose political star is on the rise, Sam Ellis (Patrick Wilson, Young Adult, Prometheus) appears to be en route to higher office. But what he thinks will be a "onetime thing" with a high-class escort service swiftly escalates into a reckless sexual compulsion. Facing ever-intensifying scrutiny as he is groomed for a U.S. Senate seat, Sam wrestles with the addiction that threatens to destroy his life, family, and career.

Intrigued by politics since her debut feature, Conventioneers, filmmaker Mora Stephens goes behind the curtains of power to explore political sex scandals and the type of man they all have in common: the great leader and good husband who has literally everything to lose. And therein lies the fascinating contradiction, one that actor Wilson explores with depth and humanity. A study of compulsion, power, and masculine self-conception, Zipper explores not only the fallen man but the complex woman who stands behind him: Sam's wife, Jeannie (Lena Headey, 300, Low Down), who may hold his fate in her hands. Zipper is proof that all politics is local. (Sundance Film Festival)

Directed by Mora Stephens, 2014, U.S.A., 112 mins.


  • Fri.–Thurs., Aug. 28–Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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