06-24 November 2019

CLEMENCY

CLEMENCY

Premieres
Chinonye Chukwu

United States

2019 / 113’ / Hawaii Premiere / English

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill. Although Bernadine is the central character, carrying the weight of a burdened conscience, it is the humanity and compassion invested across all the supporting characters, especially Aldis Hodge as death row inmate Anthony Woods and his attorney played by Richard Schiff, that makes this contemplative examination of the terrible weight of taking a life so commanding.
Kudos especially go to writer-director Chukwu, whose own work as the founder of a filmmaking collective dedicated to teaching and empowering incarcerated women and as a volunteer on a number of clemency appeal cases, clearly states  her position on this side of the argument, but without didactic histrionics. 
Variety’s glowing review praised Woodard’s bravura performance: “If Woodard is hoping for her overdue second Oscar nomination after 1983’s CROSS CREEK, she’s got a decent shot with this excruciating character arc” and hailed the film as “a measured advocacy drama with the capacity to change minds.”  
CLEMENCY world premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Film.

-Anderson Le

 

Screenings
Saturday 9 17:30 - 19:28Regal Dole Cannery 1
Monday 11 20:30 - 22:28Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorChinonye Chukwu.
CastAlfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff and Danielle Brooks.
ScreenplayChinonye Chukwu.
CinematographerEric Branco.
EditorPhyllis Housen.
MusicKathryn Bostic.
ProductionACE Pictures.

Timur Bekbosunov ... producer
Kathryn Bostic ... executive producer
Julian Cautherley ... producer
Johnny Chang ... executive producer
Bronwyn Cornelius ... producer
Fiona Walsh Heinz ... co-producer
Emma Lee ... executive producer
Marina Stabile ... line producer
Peter Wong ... producer
Alfre Woodard ... executive producer

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