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February 24–March 2, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Dark Night

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"A non-sensational, highly intellectual cinematic response to the 2012 megaplex shooting in Aurora, Colo. ... a sobering rumination on the mindset of a suburban America simultaneously obsessed with and plagued by gun violence"
"[Director Tim] Sutton has joined the ranks of a new American minimalism"
"Hypnotically eerie...Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Sutton makes the concrete oblique, even mysterious.... he has a poet's vision, rendering familiar American nowheres into dreamscapes"
  —Village Voice
"A mysterious elegy for a community on the verge of a nightmarish crucible"
  —AV Club
"A thought-provoking, blistering portrait of American culture"
  —The Playlist
Recommended "Atmospheric, patient... simmers with implication and resonant, everyday beauty"
  —NewCity Chicago

Brooklyn filmmaker Tim Sutton (Memphis, Pavilion), called "among the country's most intriguing cinematic anthropologists" (Variety), returns with this uncompromising portrait of American violence and alienation.

Inspired by the multiplex shooting that devastated Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, Sutton's third film observes six strangers as their lives intersect at the site of imminent brutality. Abandoning the narrative confines of the true crime genre, the story is told through fragmented moments from the lives of several characters, whose fates are tragically intertwined. He takes this ripped-from-the-headlines story of an all-too-common tragedy and immerses us in the emotional fabric of the young lives at stake. He also deploys a keenly observant style and a recurring motif of guns to suggest the ever-present threat of violence in American life.

Boasting evocative cinematography by Hélène Louvart (Pina, The Wonders) and a haunting score by Maica Armata, Dark Night is an impressionistic journey into the dread lurking beneath the placid surface of suburban life.

Directed by Tim Sutton, U.S.A., 2015, 85 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 24 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 25 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 26 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., Feb. 27 at 9:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Feb. 28–March 2 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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