DIANE w/ Richard Linklater & Director Skype (4/12)
Note: The Friday 4/12 7:30pm screening will be hosted by AFS Artistic Director Richard Linklater who will conduct a Skype Q&A with director Kent Jones after the film.
For Diane (Mary Kay Place), everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can't forget and which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart. Built around an extraordinary, fearless performance from Mary Kay Place, the narrative debut from Kent Jones is a profound, beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.
"It's a tender, wrenching, and beautifully made movie, and part of what's revelatory about it is that it's a story of boomers who are confronting the ravages of old age (disease and death, the waning of dreams), yet they're doing it with a stubborn echo of the hopes and desires they had when they were younger." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"It's a resonant drama about aging and the human instinct for atonement, anchored by a fantastic performance by Mary Kay Place as the title character." - Brian Tallerico,
"It's a pinhole portrait of life on Earth; a non-judgmental story about trying to reconcile meaning with meaningless before the well runs dry and it rains again." - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Directed by Kent Jones
USA, 2019, 1h 35min, DCP