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June 2–8, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Critics Week Grand Prize
Cannes Film Fest
Best Actor
Golden Pyramid
Cairo Intl
Film Fest
"This mystically-inflected travelogue will be mesmerising for some, perplexing for others, but will have a strong pull for aficionados of Arab-themed drama"
  —Screen International
"[Filmmaker Oliver] Laxe draws out relaxed, intense performance from his non-professional cast, especially from the weirdly mesmerizing [Shakib] Ben Omar"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"The weight of cultural myth hangs over Mimosas without mercy, especially as the possibility of any clear-cut narrative meaning slowly leaks from the film's beautifully composed frames. Yet there are concrete clues in the form of intertextual play with film history."
  —Slant Magazine
"Those familiar with the ethnographic works of Ben Rivers...and the films of Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (Jauja) will find much to admire in the movie's combination of spiritual musings and stunning landscapes"
  —Chicago Tribune

Part odyssey, part travelogue, Mimosas is a stunning film set in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The story tracks the perilous journey of a caravan, increasingly fearful of losing its way, as it transports a sheikh to his final resting place. Unfortunately, he perishes before they arrive, and the rest of the caravan, intimidated by the mountain, refuses to go on. However, two strangers cross paths with them and offer to continue on with the sheikh's body through the treacherous mountains, as the caravan runs into all manner of obstacles, including the human variety.

Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes' Semaine de la Critique, this mesmerizing, minimalist "Eastern western" is about the physical journey of these men and the consequences of their actions, as well as looking into the depths of human selfishness and desperation. Mimosas was inspired in part by filmmaker Oliver Laxe's itinerant travels and his immersion in Sufism, as this film masterfully conveys his desire "to manifest the ineffable, the mystery, through images, through cinema."

Directed by Oliver Laxe, Morocco/Spain/France/Qatar, 2016, 93 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles.


  • Fri., June 2 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 3 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 4 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 5–8 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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