Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

2015, Annika Iltis and Tim Kane, USA, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 30th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 31st 5:15pm

"Audiences will be laughing and scratching their heads … by the end they’ll be cheering." – Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

The world’s most eccentric marathon race, modeled on a failed prison escape in mountainous deep-woods Tennessee, leads filmmakers Iltis and Kane a grueling chase over a steep, ever-changing 130-mile course. Only ten runners have ever finished in the 25-year history of the cult-like event, which features secret rules, an ambiguous start date, and an admission price of $1.60, plus a license plate and a flannel shirt. This festival crowd-pleaser, winner of a host of prizes, has had engaged audiences raucously urging on their favorites as contestants attempt to defy the odds of spectacular failure through absurdly superhuman effort. DCP digital. (BS)

JANUARY 30: Join directors Annika Iltis and Tim Kane for a pre-screening reception, including a complimentary drink and sweet treats. The directors will also be present for audience discussion after the screening.

JANUARY 31: Co-directors Annika Iltis and Tim Kane will be present for audience discussion.

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