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A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of the Gold

2018, Patrick Wang, USA, 122 min.
With Tyne Daly, Elizabeth Henry-Macari

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 12th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 13th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 15th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere! Jonathan Rosenbaum in person!

"My favorite film of the year by far…This film is miraculous, and we are lucky to have it."--Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

"A vibrant and moving drama that’s also an agreeably flaked-out ensemble comedy. The film’s secret weapon is that it never lets you pigeonhole it as one or the other. It’s as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film."--Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Hailed as one of the most original and captivating films of the year, Patrick Wang's two-part saga explores the essential but precarious values of art and community in a small town in upstate New York. The title refers to a struggling arts center, located in a former bakery, that has kept going for forty years under the leadership of combative Dorothea (Daly) and her laid-back partner Greta (Henry-Macari). But now the town plans to divert the Bread Factory's funding to a glitzy new venue fronted by the fashionable (and hilariously pretentious) conceptual art duo known as May Ray. In the tradition of Robert Altman and PT Anderson, the film interlaces a broad assortment of memorable characters--including a 12-year-old projectionist, an embittered experimental filmmaker (Janeane Garofalo), an old-school British thespian (Brian Murray in his last performance), a smarmy Hollywood hunk, and the hard-nosed editor of the local newspaper (Glynnis O'Connor). It all comes down to a gripping climax at the board meeting that will decide the Bread Factory's fate. DCP digital. (MR)

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Part One will be introduced on Saturday by critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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