Thurs. Nov 15 - 7:30 P*
*Post-screening film discussionn with Prof. Peter Mascuch
Writer/Director Xavier Legrand broke out onto the scene during the 2013 Oscar season, at which point his short film, Just Before Losing Everything, was nominated in the short live action category. CUSTODY is the extension of the 29 minute short film about a woman fleeing her abusive husband with her children in tow. Brutal and relentless, this film follows the custody battle of Antoine and Miriam, as their son Julien wades through the conflict. At ten years old Julien cannot make his own decision about which parent he would like to live with, and as a result he becomes trapped in a vicious battle between parents. His older sister Joséphine is considered legally as an adult, and is allowed to make her own decisions. The film is raw: these types of situations exist in reality, making it all the more suspenseful and intense. The documentary style cinematography adds another layer of depth to the film, juxtaposing sweeping courtroom scenes with claustrophobic moments where the viewer is packed into a car with two other characters. The film won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Directed by Xavier Legrand
Starring Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria
Running Time 1 hr 33 mins
General Admission: $9 * Students: $7 * Members: $6 * Children (12 & Under): $5