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Members Only Screenings

Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Memento

Film still: Memento Film still: Memento Film still: Memento

 

WINNER
Best Feature
Best Director
+ 2 more awards
Independent
Spirit Awards
"Memento is like an existential crossword puzzle, or a pungent 50's B-thriller with a script by Jorge Luis Borges... a brilliant feat of rug-pulling"
  —New York Times
For [Christopher] Nolan to dream up a scenario this complex and yet work it out so thoroughly seems almost inconceivable... the astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it"
  —AV Club
"I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time"
  —Wall Street Journal
"[A] mesmerizing mind-bender... Nolan stages scenes of dizzying suspense that resonate with raw emotion"
  —Rolling Stone

Leonard (Guy Pearce, Prometheus) is an insurance investigator seeking revenge on the man who killed his wife. His single-minded quest is complicated by an accident that has left him with no short-term memory, and he relies on a complex system of scribbled notes, Polaroids, and tattoos to guide him in his paranoid pursuit of retribution.

Adapted by director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Interstellar) from his brother Jonathan's short story Memento Mori, the film unfolds along two reverse-engineered narrative tracks—one shot in black-and-white and proceeding in chronological order; the other shot in color and moving backwards in time. In each, our amnesiac widower obsessively searches for clues about the wanted man, a certain "John G." and is aided as well as abetted by a sultry femme fatale (Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix) along with a mysterious go-between (Joe Pantoliano) who may have ulterior motives of their own.

The more the movie's jigsaw pieces snap into place, the less sure we become of Leonard Shelby's reliability as narrator, until the two halves of the story dovetail in a stunning final twist that forces us to rethink everything that has come before in this remarkable neo-noir thriller.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, 2000, U.S.A., 113 mins.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.

Showtime

  • Monday, November 14 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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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 charles@facets.org.

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