Sunday, November 3

Special Events ArchiveIFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

IFFBoston Fall Focus: Clemency

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*
Brattle Member passes accepted pending availability.

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

IFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

Tickets Available Friday 10/18

Acclaimed as a “brilliant” and “heartbreaking” performance, Alfre Woodard’s work in CLEMENCY was a key part of why the film won a Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Under the skilled guidance of writer/director Chinonye Chukwu, Woodard provides a layered, nuanced portrait of a beleaguered prison warden that is best seen on the big screen.

Warden Bernadine Williams (Woodard) is a professional. She arrives at work every day to watch over death-row prisoners until they face execution or receive a rare, last-minute clemency. She takes her job seriously, doing her best to offer dignity to the men left isolated in her prison to contemplate what they did—or didn’t do. Even when a lethal injection procedure goes wrong and throws the inmate’s family into grief-stricken chaos, Bernadine never loses her cool. But when she goes home at night, she feels it.

Her husband Jonathan, played by Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme), is a schoolteacher still deeply in love with a wife who is growing harder and more distant. Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge) is the next prisoner in line, and a complex man to reach. As his lawyer (Richard Schiff ) fights to prove Woods’ innocence before time runs out, Bernadine struggles to maintain the neutral calm that defines her job but threatens to destroy her marriage.

From roles in John Sayles’s PASSION FISH to Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE to the occasional turn in Hollywood action fantasies (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), Woodard has always shown both gravitas and soul. Given the combination of a powerful leading role, Chukwu’s probing camera, and her own remarkable skill, this American treasure delivers one of the finest performances of the year.

—Toronto International Film Festival guide

Screening Supported by Roxbury International Film Festival

113 mnin

Directed by:
Chinonye Chukwu

Alfre Woodard
Richard Schiff
Aldis Hodge
Wendell Pierce
Richard Gunn
Danielle Brooks

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Sunday 11/3
at 3:00 PM

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