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October 13–19, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: M.F.A. Film still: M.F.A.
"Francesca Eastwood gives a tough, eye-opening performance... [director Natalie] Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style, and M.F.A. is admirably eager to probe sensitive topics"
Eastwood...harnesses the kind of tenacity she's previously displayed in films Final Girl and Outlaws and Angels, adding rich emotional layers to a demanding role"
"Director Natalia Leite's ambition and accompanying uncertainty give the film its unruly and resonant energy"
  —Slant Magazine
"Intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing"
  —Bloody Disgusting

Noelle (Francesa Eastwood), an art student struggling with creativity, is violently raped by a fellow classmate. Thinking her college will surely take action, she reaches out for help, only for her pleas to be callously ignored. Once it becomes clear that she is not the only female student who has been left feeling helpless after such an atrocious act, Noelle transforms herself into a vigilante, preying upon various rapists who have gotten away with their unforgivably vicious actions as her vengeance-filled path becoming an awakening for the budding artist.

Filmmaker Nathalie Leite presents an unflinching depiction of rape as well as its consequences, and Francesa Eastwood gives a fearless performance that constantly challenges audience expectations. With a strong screenplay from actress Leah McKendrick (who also plays a supporting role in the film), M.F.A. exposes the hypocrisy and injustice surrounding the response to sexual assault on campus and beyond.

Directed by Nathalie Leite, U.S.A., 2017, 95 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 13 at 9:30 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 14 at 8 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 16–19 at 8 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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.

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation