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  Rebecca Hall

  United States     98 minutes


1920s New York: In a chance encounter, demure Irene (Tessa Thompson) unexpectedly runs into a childhood friend, the vivacious Clare (Ruth Negga)—both women are able to pass as white but live on opposite sides of the color line. Charting the consequences of their very different approaches to navigating life, love, and racial identity, the film culminates in a shocking reckoning for both. An adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella, this exquisitely crafted directorial debut from actress Rebecca Hall (Christine, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) features evocative black-and-white cinematography and stunning performances by Thompson, Negga, along with André Holland and Alexander Skarsgård. Deftly exploring questions of race and gender, Passing is a profound and elegant psychological drama about the lies people tell to protect their carefully constructed realities.


Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening / Tribute

Wed, Oct 20 @ 7:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

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Special Guests*: Rebecca Hall (director)
*Subject to change

Special Event

This screening of Passing will include a Q&A with director Rebecca Hall and presentation of an Artistic Achievement Award. Learn more…


Film Credits

  •   Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Margot Hand, Rebecca Hall
  •   Rebecca Hall
  •   Sabine Hoffman
  •   Edu Grau
  •   Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alexander Skarsgard
  •   Composer: Devonté Hynes
  •   Significant Production, Picture Films, Flat Five


Film Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum