Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

March 18–24, 2016

Chicago Premiere

The Automatic Hate

Buy tickets
Film still: The Automatic Hate Film still: The Automatic Hate
"This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy... The beguilingly off-kilter film manages to be unsettling in an initially comic mode of dysfunction that grows darker by small degrees, with issues of possible mental illness and worse rumbling beneath the surface"
"Effectively eerie"
"A compelling bit of family drama that packs a corrosive punch"
  —Los Angeles Times
Recommended "[The filmmakers] spin a hypnotic narrative from difficult subject matter"
  —Chicago Reader

When Davis Green receives a visit from Alexis, a beautiful cousin he never knew existed, their meeting opens the door on a mysterious family drama that drove two brothers to disown each other three decades earlier. Quickly developing a strong connection, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. However, as estranged cousins Davis and Alexis grow closer to each other and their discovery forces them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it, as they face new questions about their own conflicting desires.

The Automatic Hate is an intimate and gripping portrait which examines the psychology of relationships familial and romantic, and what happens when the line between the two is obscured.

Directed by Justin Lerner, U.S.A., 2015, 97 mins.


  • Fri., Mar. 18 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Mar. 19 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Mar. 20 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Mar. 21–24 at 7 & 9 pm
Buy tickets


$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or

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