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October 21–27, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Girl Asleep

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Film still: Girl Asleep Film still: Girl Asleep
Critics Prize
Melbourne Intl
Film Fest
"A weird and wonderful look into the mind of a teenager... [Bethany] Whitmore and [Harrison] Feldman give performances that are nothing short of courageous"
"A funny and imaginative portrait of growing pains"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"The sparkling debut feature...plays like the love child of Jane Campion and Guy Maddin, an otherworldly quinceañera that celebrates female rites of passage and the hallucinatory power of film"
  —Village Voice
"Girl Asleep has adventurous appeal"
  —Chicago Tribune

Girl Asleep is an eclectic, 1970s-set coming of age story, which explores the struggles faced by young adults as they attempt to navigate an incredibly uncertain and transitional time in their life. Focusing on the journey of a young girl, the film addresses issues of responsibility, relationships of all kinds and the societal expectations of girls. Greta (Bethany Whitmore) is happy being a wallflower, but she is quickly befriended by the sweetest (and dorkiest) guy in her class (Harrison Feldman), while also being targeted by the popular girls with short skirts and even shorter tempers. Her picture-perfect housewife mother thinks it is a great idea to invite everyone in Greta's new class to her birthday celebration, and embarrassingly posts invitations all over the school hallways. When everything that could go wrong at the party inevitably does, Greta escapes to her room and cries herself into a deep sleep, and is soon catapulted into a nightmarish dream world. She is flung far from her comfort zone into a distant, parallel place—a strange world that's a little frightening and a lot weird, but only there can she find herself.

Beginning as a quirky teen comedy and taking sumptuous visual cues from Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry, Girl Asleep evolves into a dark, surrealist fantasy/drama that is an enchanting journey and might be the only way to genuinely work through the strange inner world of a teenage girl.

Directed by Directed by Rosemary Myers, 2016, Australia, 77 mins.

The presentation of Girl Asleep will be preceded by Amy Nicholson's award-winning short, Pickle. This 15 minute short film is an energetic and amusing overview of an entirely traumatizing experience, as it chronicles 25 years of Tom and Debbie Nicholson's unbelievably bad luck with a bevy of rescue animals, from the eponymous Pickle the fish to an entire flock of ill-fated fowl. Directed by Amy Nicholson, 2016, U.S.A., 15 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 21 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 22 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 23 at 6 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 24–27 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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  • Polk Bros. Foundation