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March 24–30, 2017

Chicago Premiere

The Levelling

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"A wrenchingly moving, beautifully executed work... it isn't just one of the best debut films of the year, but one of the year's best films, period"
  —The Playlist
"The sensitivity of the performances, the attention to detail and economical storytelling all help to mark out [writer/director] Hope Dickson Leach as a talent to watch"
  —Screen International
"Catch it while you can, because this powerhouse drama of grief and deep-seated family resentments demands to be seen, discussed and celebrated as a movie of the moment... It is tough, real and rewarding"
  —Chicago Now
  —NewCity Chicago

Somerset, England (2014). Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) has committed suicide. Finding the family home in a state of appalling disrepair following the floods that devastated the area, she is met by her sullen father, Aubrey (David Troughton), a brooding wreck of a man whose past woes have derailed his life. She has not spoken with him in years and it is not long before the simmering emotions between father and daughter break out into an undisguised war, including the fact that she instinctively blames Aubrey for the passing of her brother. She is determined to get to the truth and her discoveries send her on an emotional journey of reckoning, with her family, her childhood and herself.

Directed by Hope Dickson Leach, UK, 2016, 84 mins.


  • Fri., March 24 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., March 25 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., March 26 at 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon., March 27 at 9:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., March 28–30 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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