The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
with filmmaker Eric Weigel
"An existentially loaded road trip, El Camino succeeds" -Chicago Tribune
"[El Camino] confounds our road movie expectations, it becomes quietly absorbing" -Roger Ebert
"writer-director Erik S. Weigel sets an engagingly genial tone and [Elizabeth] Moss turns in a graceful, nuanced performance" -Chicago Reader
Elliot (Leo Fitzpatrick, The Wire) has not seen Matthew since they were foster kids in Washington, D.C. and now his childhood friend is dying of cancer. There is nothing that Elliot can do except record Matthew's final farewell with the video camera he always carries. At the funeral he meets a stripper named Lily (Elizabeth Moss, The West Wing and Mad Men), Matthew's former girlfriend, and Gray (Christopher Denham, Charlie Wilson's War), a self-absorbed cynic who not only has father issues, but is about to become a father himself. Impulsively, Gray and Lily steal Matthew's ashes and, with Elliot in tow, head off for Mexico to scatter the remains in the Pacific Ocean. What at first appears to be a straightforward task becomes a collective journey of unexpected twists and turns, filled with humor, pain, self-revelation and personal triumph. "El Camino" is an intelligent, humorous and compassionate film about friendship, family and the search for self in today's America. Directed by Erik Weigel, U.S.A., 2008, BetaSP, 87 mins.
Cinechat: Filmmaker Erik Weigel will be here for a Q&A after the 7 & 9 pm screenings on Friday and Saturday, January 16 & 17.