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A bearded man and a red-haired woman look at each other while sitting in a forest in winter.


  Michel Franco

  Mexico, United States     100 minutes


Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard star in this penetrating psychological drama about two apparent strangers in New York City whose fateful encounter one night spins both of their lives in profoundly new directions. Sylvia (Chastain) is a single mother, 13 years sober and still reeling from a traumatic incident that she can’t forget, while Saul (Sarsgaard), suffering from early onset dementia, struggles to live an autonomous life. Can these two damaged souls find salvation?

ChicagoIFF award-winner Michel Franco, director of such acclaimed films as SundownNew Order, and After Lucia, returns to the Festival with his most compassionate film. Though told in his precise and assured filmmaking style, he allows Chastain and Sarsgaard to fully embody the anguish of their characters–and the troubling complexities and tentative promise of their relationship. Winner of a Best Actor Prize at the Venice Film Festival for Sargaard’s subtle performance, Franco’s latest is a trenchant story of suffering and recovery–and memory itself and the ways it defines us.

headshot: PEter Sargaard

Tribute to Peter Sarsgaard

This screening includes an in-person tribute to actor Peter Sarsgaard and presentation of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award.

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Film Credits

  •   Michel Franco, Eréndira Núñez Larios, Alex Orlovsky, Duncan Montgomery
  •   Michel Franco
  •   Oscar Figueroa Jara, Michel Franco
  •   Yves Cape
  •   Jessica Chastain, Peter Sarsgaard, Brooke Timber, Merritt Wever, Jessica Harper, Elsie Fisher, Josh Charles
  •   Paula P. Manzanedo, Moises Chiver, Jack Selby, Patricio Rabuffetti, Tatiana Emden, Joyce Zylberberg, Ralph Haiek, Michael Weber, Efe Cakarel, Bobby Allen, Jason Ropell
  •   Teorema, High Frequency Entertainment