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February 12–18, 2016

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Bridgend Film still: Bridgend
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Fest
"Potent, pain-ridden... This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film"
4 stars½ "With fresh, naturalistic performances throughout and direction that artfully capture the immersiveness of youth culture, Bridgend is a superb piece of work"
  —Eye for Film
  —Chicago Reader

When a police investigator is tasked with investigating a recent string of unexplained tragedies, he arrives in the notorious Welsh county of Bridgend with his daughter Sara (Hannah Murray). Naïve and curious, Sara slowly works her way in with a clique of wild teenagers and discovers what bonds them together so tightly, the ritualistic celebration of their friends' suicides. Initially frightened by the revelation, her eventual participation in this peculiar observance is sealed when she falls in love with Jamie (Josh O'Connor), another member of the menacing group. The unrelenting darkness that engulfs her peers encroaches on Sara, affecting her relationship with her father and threatening her sanity.

Director Jeppe Rønde's debut film is based on a real-life town, which has baffled the world by recording at least 79 suicides since 2007. An award-winning documentary maker (Jerusalem My Love, The Swenkas), he incorporated their stories into the screenplay for his first fiction feature, shooting Bridgend entirely on location in Wales with a cast of British actors and local young people, in this atmospheric and mysterious social drama, which becomes a sophisticated and gothic depiction of the Bridgend mystery.

Directed by Jeppe Rønde, 2015, Denmark/UK, 105 mins. In English.


  • Fri., Feb. 12 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 13 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 14 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 15–18 at 7 & 9 p.m
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