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February 27–March 5, 2015

Chicago Premiere


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Best Actress
& Jury Award
Karlovy Vary Intl
Film Fest
Critics' Pick "A poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe"
  —New York Times
"Gentle, soulfully acted... the quiet performances, evocative images of the snowbound setting, and fluid editing by Dino Jonsater keep the story absorbing"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Subtle, nuanced and absorbing, Lance Edmands' directorial debut Bluebird is a remarkable first feature and wise beyond his and its years"
"[The] haunting compositions invite the emotional detective work needed to fully appreciate the pic's subtle style"
"Writer-director Lance Edmands...has pulled together an impressive acting ensemble that brings to life three-dimensional characters and the frozen, claustrophobic world from which they emerge"
  —FilmJournal Intl
  —NewCity Chicago
3 stars
  —Chicago Tribune
3 stars "The cast members are all exceptional"
3 stars "Edmands avoids the in-your-face emotional punch that most filmmakers would employ...and instead opts for a more delicate, observational pacing, creating a set of vignettes that give a stark glimpse into these disrupted lives"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

In his striking and moving debut feature Bluebird, writer/director Lance Edmands explores the interconnectedness of a small town in the northern reaches of Maine. When Lesley, the local school bus driver, (Amy Morton, August: Osage County) becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of life in her logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.

Stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt, her fragility is further tested by her husband (John Slattery, Mad Men), a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill and the boy's mother Marla (Louisa Krause, King Kelly), a disaffected young woman looking to take advantage of a delicate situation.

Bluebird has a powerful supporting cast, including Emily Meade (Boardwalk Empire), Emmy winner Margo Martindale (Justified, Million Dollar Baby), and Adam Driver (Girls). This absorbing drama uncovers the many layers of life that link us in unexpected ways, portraying a world dictated by life's cyclical nature, where our control is minimal and forgiveness is necessary.

Directed by Lance Edmands, U.S.A./Sweden, 2013, 90 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 27 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 28 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Mar. 1 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Mar. 2–5 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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