Chained For Life

Directed by Aaron Schimberg

Year: 2019
Running Time: 91
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Chained For Life

Cast
Jess Weixler
Adam Pearson
Charlie Korsmo
Sari Lennick
Stephen Plunkett

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Directed by Aaron Schimberg


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

Reviews

“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."



Awards

  • 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

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1576818000December 20 - December 26, 2019
Winnipeg Film Group Winnipeg 1576126800December 12 - December 19, 2019
Philadelphia Film Society Philadelphia 1575435600December 4, 2019
Fox Theatre Toronto 1574744400November 26 - November 28, 2019
Utah Film Center Salt Lake City 1573621200November 13, 2019
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019
Mayfair Ottawa 1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019
Oriental Theatre Milwaukee 1573189200November 8 - November 14, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission San Francisco 1572667200November 2 - November 6, 2019
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Grand Rapids 1572580800November 1, 2019
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1571976000October 25 - October 31, 2019
Charlotte Film Society Charlotte 1571889600October 24, 2019
Malco Powerhouse Cinema Grill Memphis 1571803200October 23, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse El Paso El Paso 1571803200October 23, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra Katy 1571803200October 23, 2019
Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1571371200October 18 - October 27, 2019
Jean Cocteau Cinema Santa Fe 1570766400October 11 - October 17, 2019
Austin Film Society Austin 1570161600October 4 - October 10, 2019
SIFF Cinema Seattle 1570161600October 4 - October 6, 2019
Sie Film Center Denver 1568952000September 20 - September 26, 2019
The Broadway Theatre Saskatoon 1568952000September 20 - October 1, 2019
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1568347200September 13 - September 19, 2019
IFC Center New York 1568174400September 11 - September 26, 2019


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