GUEST FILMMAKER 12/8-9: Ciné welcomes Athens native James Ponsoldt home for a weekend of premiere events for the opening of his new film! James will host an audience Q&A after all of Saturday's screenings on December 8, as well as the 2:30p show on Sunday, December 9, and will host two free filmmaking workshops, co-presented by FilmAthens: Making a Living in Film at 1p on Saturday, and Screenwriting at 1p on Sunday.
FILMMAKER RECEPTION - SAT 12/8 @ 6:30p - Arrive early for the 7:30p show or stay after the 5:15p matinee to join James and friends for a hometown welcome reception with appetizers catered by The National Restaurant. ADMISSION: $25 - INCLUDES SCREENING + RECEPTION | ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Ponsoldt's sad, funny and strangely exuberant second feature is an affecting and immersive addiction drama about the unforeseen pitfalls along the road to recovery, enhanced by a rich, offbeat sense of life teeming in the margins, and terrific performances by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and supporting cast: Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Mary Kay Place.
Kate (Winstead) and Charlie (Paul) are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking... especially the drinking. When Kateʼs drinking leads her to dangerous places and her job as a school teacher is put into jeopardy, she decides to join AA and get sober. With the help of her friend and sponsor Jenny (Spencer), and the vice principal at her school, the awkward, but well intentioned, Mr. Davies (Offerman), Kate takes steps toward improving her health and life. Sobriety isnʼt as easy as Kate had anticipated. Her new lifestyle brings to the surface a troubling relationship with her mother (Place), facing the lies sheʼs told her employer (Mullally) and calls into question whether or not her relationship with Charlie is built on love or is just boozy diversion from adulthood.