Friday, September 14

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Madeline’s Madeline

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Theatrical Premiere Engagement!

Filmmaker in Person at Saturday’s 7:00 Show!

Friday, September 14 – Thursday, September 20
Held Over! Also Showing Fri 9/21 – Mon 9/24 at 9:30

(2018) dir Josephine Decker w/Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker [93 min; DCP]
Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is.

Madeline (newcomer Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director (Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.

Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one’s self that defies easy narrative categorization.

Official Selection, Independent Film Festival Boston 2018

Staff Pick: Alma, Alissa, Jessie, Ivy
Ivy – I love Molly Parker, and try to see everything that comes to the States with her.

★★★★ “‘Madeline’s Madeline’ is a stunning, one-of-a-kind movie.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“An ecstatically disorienting experience that defines its terms right from the start and then obliterates any trace of traditional film language, achieving a cinematic aphasia that allows Decker to redraw the boundaries between the stories we tell and the people we tell them about. The result is an experimental movie with the emotional tug of a mainstream hit, a fragmented coming-of-age drama that explores the vast space between Hollis Frampton and Greta Gerwig in order to find something truly new and ineffably of its time.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“In her third film, writer-director Josephine Decker confirms her position as the American indie queen of improv, whose self-styled mission it is to push the outer limits of film language into the stratosphere.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

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Boston Globe: “‘Madeline’s Madeline’ writer-director Josephine Decker on her experimental portait of a young actress”


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Friday 9/14
at 5:00 7:00 9:30 PM
Saturday 9/15
at 3:00 5:00 7:00* 10:00 PM *Filmmaker in Person
Sunday 9/16
at 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:30 PM
Monday 9/17
at 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9/18
at 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9/19
at 3:30 PM
Thursday 9/20
at 4:00 PM
Friday 9/21
at 9:30 PM
Saturday 9/22
at 9:30 PM
Sunday 9/23
at 9:30 PM
Monday 9/24
at 9:30 PM

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