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December 8–15, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Burn Country
(aka The Fixer)

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Film still: Burn Country
WINNER
Jury Award:
Best Actor—
U.S. Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Fest
"Flavorsome, engaging and unpredictable"
  —Variety
"There’s plenty of intelligence and atmosphere in play here—Adam Newport-Berra’s fluid, textured cinematography is a standout"
  —Chicago Tribune

Leaving behind his life as a fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan, Osman (Dominic Rains, A Girl Who Walks Alone at Night) lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California, living on the couch of his friend's mother (Melissa Leo, The Fighter) and working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Restless and eager to find purpose in the context of his new life, he befriends a couple of locals, the eccentric and unstable Lindsay (James Franco, 127 Hours) and the elusive Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan), recruiting them to help him penetrate the town's peculiar subculture. When Lindsay mysteriously goes missing, Osman gets drawn into the backwoods of the town in order to find him. As things begin to take a dangerous turn, Osman is forced to confront the untenable reality of his situation.

Shot with rigorous attention to atmosphere and milieu, Burn Country is unpredictable, ominous, yet surprisingly funny thriller that has an undercurrent of suspense. Director Ian Olds adroitly exposes the larger-than-life characters set in the wildest back roads of Sonoma County, a place he richly renders as both a place of menacing secrets and an oddball paradise.

Directed by Ian Olds, 2016, U.S.A., 102 mins.

Showtimes

  • Thurs., Dec. 8 at 9:30 pm
  • Fri.–Sat., Dec. 9–10 at 7:45 & 9:45 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 11 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Dec. 12–15 at 7:45 & 9:45 pm
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Tickets

$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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