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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Claire McCarthy, USA/UK, 106 min.
With Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 5th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Jul 5th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Jul 6th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 6th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Jul 7th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Jul 8th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jul 9th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 10th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 11th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“A juicy, crowd-pleasing Shakespeare revamp…the ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie.”—David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Vigorous, colorful, and clever…serious, but shot through with a youthful verve and keen attention to youthful physical beauty.”—Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Hamlet’s Ophelia tells her own story in this lush, delightfully revisionist romp riffing on Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, based on the novel by Lisa Klein. Motherless, nature-loving little tomboy Ophelia raises eyebrows at court, but her hell-raising spirit catches the attention of Queen Gertrude (Watts). A few years later, lithe teenage Ophelia (Ridley of STAR WARS), now the queen’s feisty red-headed lady-in-waiting, catches the eye of newly returned Hamlet (George MacKay). Lust rules the court, and murder leaves the romance-minded but weak-willed prince in a dither, but Ophelia makes her own plans for the future when her errand to the witch Mechtild, who lives below the castle, brings a whole new angle on the mystery to light. A runaway hit at Sundance, OPHELIA blends feminism and fantasy lightly in a fairytale setting with a visually sumptuous portrayal of Danish court life. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

Author Lisa Klein, author of the novel "Ophelia," from which the film was adapted, is scheduled to be present for Q&A on Friday at 7:45 pm.

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