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December 2–8, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Always Shine

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Jury Award:
Best Actress—
U.S. Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Fest
Critics' Pick "A deft, assured movie with a sly self-reflexive undercurrent containing commentary on sexism and self-idealization that's provocative, and sometimes disturbing"
  —New York Times
4 stars "[A] ridiculously entertaining Brian De Palma-esque thriller... Every casual exchange becomes a lunge for dominance, and the movie keeps you flinching"
  —TimeOut NY
"[Caitlin] FitzGerald's and [Mackenzie] Davis's performances are so on-point,so tense, I could feel a tightening in my stomach all the way through... Always Shine is a potent psychological thriller,"
  —Village Voice
3 stars "Deeply unnerving... an immersive nightmare"
  —NewCity Chicago

Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation in Always Shine, Sophia Takal's twisty, psychological thriller. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy has driven a wedge between them, but upon arrival to their isolated, forest retreat, the pair discovers that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals both real and imagined, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment.

As the women allow their feelings to fester, each begins to lose their bearings not only on the true nature of their relationship, but on their own identities. Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex) give brave and raw performances as Beth and Anna, two women whose ideas of success are dictated as much by external cultural criteria as their own sense of self-worth.

Beautifully photographed and assuredly directed by Takal, Always Shine wraps itself in an evocative shroud of dread and paranoia that lingers long after the final frame. (Tribeca Film Festival)

Directed by Sophia Takal, 2016, USA. 87 mins.


  • Fri., Dec. 2 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 3 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 4 at 5 & 7 pm
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  • Wed., Dec. 7 at 9:15 pm
  • Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7 pm
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