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.
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL
"Two Thumbs Way Up!" -Ebert and Roeper
"Absorbing and exquisite!" -San Francisco Chronicle
"Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me have grabbed all
the ink, but the year's best documentary just might be
In the Realms of the Unreal." -San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Fabulous! A genre-busting journey! The approach to the material is brilliant!" -San Francisco Weekly
"Obscure by nature and unwieldy by design, Darger's work is difficult to confront and consume; Ms. Yu has brought it a little closer, and that is as fine a public service as an art documentary can provide." -New York Times
Yu has transferred to her superb film, the hushed awe she must have felt the day she walked into the room - and, in a sense, the mind - of this strange, singular individual." -LA Weekly
"This is a film every bit as poetic, textured and intriguing as Darger's own rapturous visions." -Washington Post
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger, reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night. Darger's 15,000 page novel details the exploits of the Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men. The result is an astonishingly complex, striking original portrait of an artist whose deeply personal art demands to be treated on its own terms.