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Black ‘47

2018, Lance Daly, Ireland/Luxembourg, 96 min. With Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 12th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 12th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Oct 13th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 14th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 15th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 16th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 17th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Oct 18th 6:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Walks a tight line between authentic, historical piece and riveting action-Western…intelligent and highly entertaining." - Sean Gallen, The Upcoming

"Powerful period revenge fable…benefits from the exotic sound of Irish Gaelic spoken as a living language." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

The year is 1847, and Ireland is decimated by the twin evils of the potato famine and the violent oppression of the country's English overlords in this action-filled drama of one Irish anti-hero's pursuit of vigilante justice. In a plot reminiscent of a classic Western, Feeney (Frecheville), a pariah to his own people for his service in the British army, returns home a wanted deserter, only to find his mother dead of starvation and his brother hanged. Director Daly counterpoints a starkly accurate evocation of the historical moment with a rousing tale that pits Hannah (Weaving), a renegade British soldier forced by authorities to hunt his former comrade in arms, against an increasingly reckless Feeney, whose guerrilla strikes against the British landholders leave them cowering. A strategic use of the Irish language by a cast that includes veteran actors Rea (THE CRYING GAME, Broadbent (MOULIN ROUGE), and Barry Keoghan (DUNKIRK) effectively enhances the cultural and political divide. Cinematography by former Chicagoan Declan Quinn (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, LEAVING LAS VEGAS). In English and Irish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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