Director: Roger Michell
United Kingdom
97 minutes

“A class act…thanks to Michell and a fine cast, it works admirably well” (Variety)

Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) gather their children (Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska) to the family home to break the news of Lily’s terminal illness and the way she intends to deal with it. Already you can see that this is a film that will contain performances of the finest order. Master British director, Paul Michell (Notting Hill) takes on the task of remaking Bille August’s Danish standout, Silent Heart. All of the thick, rich messiness of family life is here. The tensions, the ties, the jealousies, the tears, and most of all, the love that binds family members, make this an experience that has moved audiences wherever it has been shown. Audience award, Mill Valley.

“ably combines heartbreak and humor.” (IndieWire)

Please Note: Information regarding the October 17th and 24th screening of Blackbird has been misprinted in the paper AFF program. The correct location for both sessions is Palace Nova Prospect Cinema 1.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Contemporary World Cinema
Language English
Director Roger Michell
Producer David Bernardi, Sherryl Clark, Robert Van Norden
Screenwriters Christian Torpe
Cinematographer Mike Eley
Editor Kristina Hetherington
Music Peter Gregson
Cast Susan Surandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska
Genre Drama, Family

Screens with: Necktie

13 minutes
Unclassified 15+

In this delicately performed drama, a seventeen-year-old demystifies his father after learning of his infidelity amidst a family breakdown.