Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 18:30 Tel Aviv Cinematheque
or via phone: *6876
Wild Nights with Emily
Dir: Madeleine Olnek
Production: Anna Margarita Albelo, Casper Andreas
Cast: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman
USA, 2018, 84 min., English with Hebrew Subtitles
Festivals & Awards:
2018 SXSW Festival
2018 FilmOut Festival – Best Actress WINNER
2018 Sidewalk Festival – Audience Choice Award WINNER
2018 Seattle International Film Festival
Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in this dramatic comedy directed by Madeleine Olnek (Codependant Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same). The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster — a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world.
This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. After Emily died, the mistress of Emily’s brother, along with editor T.W. Higginson, would publish Emily’s poems.
A fierce rivalry between Emily’s beloved and her brother’s mistress in making known the work of this great poet is also the story of two sets of passionate, illicit lovers struggling for a place in history.