A Chinonye Chukwu film, starring Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Gunn, and Danielle Brooks.
The Sylvan Lake Film Society works with Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. "With over 195 groups in 163 communities across Canada, Film Circuit is essential in helping TIFF lead the world in building markets and audiences for Canadian cinema."
The Sylvan Lake Film Society, a Sylvan Lake Municipal Library program, provides transformative film experiences to filmgoers in the community. The are very proud of the variety of films shown in the past and hope to continue the experience in the years ahead. Film Society shows its films at Landmark Cinemas the last Monday of the month in January, February, March, April, September, and October.
Tickets are $8.00 for pre-sale at the library, $10.00 at Landmark Cinemas the night of the showing. Season Passes $24.00, (after February's screening) available at the library.
Monday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.
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 Jonathon, played by Wendell Pierce, 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' innocent 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, Chukwi's probing camera, and her own remarkable skill, this American treasure delivers one of the finest performances of the year. - MK2 Mile End