Chained For Life
Directed by Aaron Schimberg
Chained For Life
Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism. In a deft tragicomic performance, Jess Weixler (Teeth) plays Mabel, a movie star “slumming it” in an outré art-horror film being shot in a semi-abandoned hospital. Cast opposite her is Rosenthal (Under the Skin's Adam Pearson), a gentle-natured young man with a severe facial deformity. As their relationship evolves both on and offscreen, Schimberg raises provocative questions about cinematic notions of beauty, representation, and exploitation. Tod Browning crossed with Robert Altman crossed with David Lynch only begins to describe something this startlingly original and deeply felt. – BAMcinemaFest
“Critic’s Pick! An inventive hall of mirrors… that keeps finding ways to upend its characters’ — and viewers’ — perspectives. Odd, darkly funny and — when it means to be — a little frightening.”
"Extraordinary. A cinematic revolution."
"Humane and transgressive, an American indie of unusually big ideas and aesthetic ambition."
"Bizarre and beautiful. Leaves us on thrillingly shifty ground."
"Mesmerizing. A remarkable mind trip of a movie sure to leave audiences reeling."
"Razor-sharp. Mesmerizingly close to the sensation of a waking dream."
"An intoxicating whirlwind of ideas, spectacularly moving and entertaining. Chained for Life could be a defining film about representation for any group that Hollywood marginalizes."
Official Selection – BAMcinemaFest
Official Selection – Fantasia Festival
Best Narrative Feature – New Orleans Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature – Florida Film Festival
Official Selection – BFI London
Official Selection – Fantastic Fest
Official Selection – Berlin Critics Week
Official Selection – Thessaloniki Film Festival
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1576818000December 20 - December 26, 2019|
|Winnipeg Film Group||Winnipeg||MB||1576126800December 12 - December 19, 2019|
|Philadelphia Film Society||Philadelphia||PA||1575435600December 4, 2019|
|Fox Theatre||Toronto||ON||1574744400November 26 - November 28, 2019|
|Utah Film Center||Salt Lake City||UT||1573621200November 13, 2019|
|Lake Worth Playhouse||Lake Worth||FL||1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019|
|Mayfair||Ottawa||ON||1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019|
|Oriental Theatre||Milwaukee||WI||1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019|
|Alamo Drafthouse New Mission||San Francisco||CA||1572667200November 2 - November 6, 2019|
|Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts||Grand Rapids||MI||1572580800November 1, 2019|
|Sudbury Indie Cinema||Sudbury||ON||1571976000October 25 - October 31, 2019|
|Charlotte Film Society||Charlotte||NC||1571889600October 24, 2019|
|Malco Powerhouse Cinema Grill||Memphis||TN||1571803200October 23, 2019|
|Alamo Drafthouse El Paso||El Paso||TX||1571803200October 23, 2019|
|Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra||Katy||TX||1571803200October 23, 2019|
|Ryder Film Series||Bloomington||IN||1571371200October 18 - October 27, 2019|
|Jean Cocteau Cinema||Santa Fe||NM||1570766400October 11 - October 17, 2019|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1570161600October 4 - October 10, 2019|
|SIFF Cinema||Seattle||WA||1570161600October 4 - October 6, 2019|
|Sie Film Center||Denver||CO||1568952000September 20 - September 26, 2019|
|The Broadway Theatre||Saskatoon||SK||1568952000September 20 - October 1, 2019|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1568347200September 13 - September 19, 2019|
|IFC Center||New York||NY||1568174400September 11 - September 26, 2019|
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