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March 3–9, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Catfight


Film still: Catfight


"[A] ferociously cathartic smackdown... The movie and its must-see performances are so far out there they virtually guarantee a certain cult cachet"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Imagine Trading Places meets Idiocracy with the occasional dash of martial arts and you might start to get the idea of the bizarre, anarchic storytelling [Onur] Tukel offers up"
Critics' Pick "The two leads are mesmerizing, hurling themselves into their physically demented roles with ferocious commitment"
  —New York Times
"What might be the most refreshing film of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival feels like it could be the result of a drunken dare"
  —Vanity Fair
"It has a certain outlandish purity of purpose which [Anne] Heche and [Sandra] Oh follow through on with demonic intensity"
"Odd, nasty yet rather funny... its strange combination of brutal physical comedy and pitch black satire make it an oddity worth fighting over"
  —The Guardian

A reunion between two old school friends sparks a no-holds-barred war of attrition, in this outrageously madcap black comedy. One-time college pals Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) run into each other at a party. The women, now in their forties and having not seen each other since school, find that their lives have taken radically different paths. Ashley is barely scraping by as a painter of politically charged canvases, while Veronica is married to a wealthy businessman who's about to profit hugely off yet another US-led war in the Middle East. Within minutes of their reunion, a rivalry is revived, old wounds are torn open, and a Manhattan stairwell becomes home to a woman-on-woman brawl the likes of which are seldom seen outside of martial-arts epics, and now the gloves are off.

Over the course of five years and three bloody, bone-crushing rounds, Catfight's formidable adversaries will lose everything they cherish, and rail furiously as their fortunes are subject to wild reversals. Oh and Heche are comedy gold, and they tackle their roles (and each other) with vicious brio. The latest from prolific indie writer-director Onur Tukel (Richard's Wedding, Summer of Blood) takes a set-up that in most films would lead to a heartwarming story of female friendship and as he tracks his antagonists' unpredictable fates and ferocious fisticuffs, Tukel also manages to get in several jabs at US foreign policy and conservatism.

Directed by Onur Tukel, U.S.A., 2016, 96 mins.


  • Fri., Mar. 3 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Mar. 4 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Mar. 5 at 1,3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Mar. 6–9 at 7 & 9 pm
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