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May 15–21, 2015

Chicago Theatrical


Film still: Metalhead Film still: Metalhead
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Score
+ 4 opther awards
Film Awards
"[Metalhead] taps into something universal, and very precious, about loss, art and adolescent rebellion"
  —New York Times
"The film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework"
  —Village Voice
"Sincere and well acted"
  —Hollywood Reporter
  —Chicago Reader

Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, Metalhead is an intense drama of faith, redemption, Megadeth and Judas Priest. It begins with a farming accident in the 1980s that sends a young girl, Hera, and her parents into a profound grief over the loss of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later, Hera is transformed into a sexy, surly headbanger and DIY musician, dressed in black leather, a Slayer t-shirt and clutching her brother's electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in an uncanny landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life, Hera eventually comes to terms with her sorrow and the sound of her own true voice.

Directed by Ragnar Bragason, Iceland, 2013, 100 mins. In Icelandic with English subtitles.


  • Fri., May 15 at 7:45 & 9:45 pm
  • Sat., May 16 at 5:45, 7:45 & 9:45 pm
  • Sun., May 17 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 18–21 at 7:45 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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