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UPCOMING screenings

U.K. SCREENING
Thursday, June 28

Dangerous Oral Histories, a joint conference of the Oral History Society and Oral History Network of Ireland
Queen's University Belfast

NORTHERN IRELAND THEATRICAL PREMIERE
4 p.m. Sunday, July 1

Strand Arts Centre, 152-154 Hollywood Rd., Belfast
Tickets are £6
www.strandartscentre.com

IRELAND PREMIERE
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St., Temple Bar, Dublin

past THEATRICAL SCREENINGS

CHICAGO PREMIERE: May 25-31
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Many thanks to filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and UChicago Magazine editor Laura Demanski
for moderating audience discussions with Director Abbie Reese (Sunday, May 27 and Thursday, May 31, respectively)

ROCKFORD, ILL. PREMIERE: March 18 & April 22
The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main Street
(Both screenings in the 286-seat theater were sold out a week in advance)

You can also watch this 2.5-minute trailer on YouTube at http://bit.ly/ChosenthefilmTrailer

 
 

Programmers' NOTES

"I've watched it twice and honestly - wow. I love it. The style is perfect; the editing maintains pace and the content is very interesting and private without seeming either too observational or too intruding. Heather is a fantastic character and her enthusiasm and self-awareness shine throughout the project."
– Beckie Stocchetti, Executive Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival

"There is a beauty in the personal, handmade quality of this film that made one feel so close to the subject. It felt like we were being told a secret, contemplating the life of those on screen with a muted intensity — almost in a way similar to a prayer."
– Donna Kozloskie, Features Programmer for Citizen Jane Film Festival

"This feature gives a rare insight into the life of such a secluded religious order and one can only appreciate and respect the choice these women make in the search of their destiny and purpose in life."
– Cleveland International Film Festival
 
It was wonderfully startling
to see a film
that is totally woman-based.
— CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
(This) window into the world of contemplatives ...
is a one-of-a-kind film —
filling a void previously filled by Hollywood
or perceived as so mysterious that stereotypes fill by default.
— Carol Coburn, PhD and Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Avila University

 
 

 
 

AWARDED

• BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM BY SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

• THIRD PLACE FEATURE FILM by MIRABILE DICTU - INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL in warsaw

• AMBITIOUS FEATURE BY FESTIVAL ANGAELICA

AN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT FESTIVALS ON FOUR CONTINENTS, INCLUDING

• RIGA PASAULES FILM FESTIVAL, LATVIA (EUROPEAN PREMIERE, WORLD PREMIERE)

• THE 45TH EDITION OF ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL (USA PREMIERE)

• GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL (UK PREMIERE)

• SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AUSTRALIA PREMIERE)

• LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, ARGENTINA (SOUTH AMERICA PREMIERE)

• THE 31ST ANNUAL PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND ANTHROPOLOGY FILM FESTIVAL, ESTONIA

• THE 32ND INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM AND MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL, KSF NIEPOKALANA 2017, POLAND

• FESTIVAL ANGAELICA, FORMERLY THE COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA

• MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

 

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