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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2014, Kimberly Levin, USA, 90 min. With Joanne Kelly, Neal Huff, Tom Bower.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 7th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 8th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Aug 9th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Aug 10th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Aug 11th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 12th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Aug 13th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“Amazing … if you want to be able to say you were there when a great American filmmaker’s career kicked off, you need to see RUNOFF.” — Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“[A] tense, moody film, whose roiling undercurrents lend it a resemblance to WINTER’S BONE and FROZEN RIVER.”
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times

A haunting drama with far-reaching environmental implications, RUNOFF pits the future of a struggling family of four against changing times, changing rules, and the desperation of pending foreclosure on their small farm. The dappled light of a Kentucky October symbolically creates long shadows in this poignant, morally complex scenario as wife Betty (a terrific Kelly) is offered desperately needed cash in return for a deal with the devil that involves clandestine dumping of outlawed chemicals. First-time director Levin eschews save-the-farm clichés, building a creeping sense of tragedy as a woman’s primal need to protect her family has a darkly ironic flip side of dangerous consequences. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

August 7, 8, 9: Writer/director Kimberly Levin and producer Kurt Pitzer will be present for audience discussion.

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