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March 11–17

Chicago Premiere

Diamond Tongues

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"it's [Leah] Goldstein's performance that truly impresses. Inhabiting her frequently loathsome character with a fearsome commitment, the debuting actress...lays bare the insecurities and self-delusions of a young woman nearly unhinged by her obsessive quest for success"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Diamond Tongues is refreshing because it isn't an indictment of a demographic, or even of Edith, but is a portrait of a young woman whose ambition has curdled into something more nasty along the way"

Edith Welland (Leah Goldstein a.k.a. Leah Fay of the indie band July Talk) is an actress who has seemingly sociopathic delusions of grandeur who dreams of being a successful actress but just cannot seem to make things happen. She believes that she is the gift to the screen that directors and casting agents have failed to recognize. Things get worse when the ex-boyfriend she broke up with to focus on her career takes up acting on a whim and immediately books a leading role. Every part she auditions for is the perfect role for her and Edith immerses herself in the local film community, jealous of anyone who has success, even going as far as to sabotage the careers of her friends in hope of her own recognition. Despite creating her own fantasy world, the psychodrama begins to flow into her real life. When Edith cannot figure out what she is doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong.

Diamond Tongues is a dramatic comedy about insecurity, uncertainty, unhealthy competition, and just about everything else between the lines.

Directed by Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson, U.S.A., 2015, 100 mins.


  • Fri., Mar. 11 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Mar. 12 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Mar. 13 at 1, 3, 5, & 7 pm
  • Mon–Thurs., Mar. 14–17 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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