“Somewhere between Twin Peaks and Pasolini’s TEOREMA." – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“Utgoff is irresistibly compelling, instilling in his character a silent yet singular presence.” – Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times
"Dreamlike and unnerving. A hypnotic viewing experience that awakens all senses through our eyes." – Carlos Aguilar, The Playlist
On a gray, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, a masseur from the East named Zhenia (Alec Utgoff) enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. With his hypnotic presence and quasi-magical abilities, he is able to get a residence permit and starts plying his trade. The well-to-do residents in their cookie-cutter suburban homes seemingly have it all, but they all suffer from an inner sadness, some unexplained longing. The attractive and mysterious newcomer's hands heal, and Zhenia’s eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of simpler times. The latest from writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (ELLES, IN THE NAME OF) and her longtime collaborator Michal Englert is an unclassifiable meditation on class, immigration, and global warming shot through with Lynchian touches of the otherworldly and moments of sober beauty and unexpected humor. (Kino Lorber)
Festivals, Awards & Nominations
Poland's Official Submission to the 93rd Academy Awards®
Official Selection - Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival
For the safety and comfort of our audience members and employees, we will have the following safety protocols in place for at least the first two weeks after we reopen:
Masks required by all staff and patrons at all times
Staggered showtimes and ample time between shows to mitigate crowds
Ticket pre-orders for films encouraged to reduce lines
Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available for patrons
Only 50% of our tickets will be available for sale so that we can ensure a safe movie-going experience
In light of the latest health updates from the city of Chicago, and in accordance with the School of the Art Institute, we will not be selling concessions nor allowing outside food or drink for at least the first two weeks of business.
We will, however, hand out a FREE small popcorn to those who show proof of COVID vaccination, as a “parting gift” when you exit the theater.
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Note: protocols are subject to change, per new or evolving information.