Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Midnight Swim

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 88 minutes

The Midnight Swim
The Midnight Swim
The Midnight Swim
The Midnight Swim

According to locals, Spirit Lake is bottomless. Somewhere in its algae-laden depths lies the body of June’s mother, who recently vanished in the lake. June and her two half-sisters have returned to their mother’s house to seek answers about her death. Instead of concrete evidence, they find astrological clues that eerily mirror a local legend about a family of sisters who nocturnally entered the lake one-by-one, never to return. As the legend burrows deeper into their psyches, the sisters’ history of emotional repression rises to the surface. A slow-boiling thriller that spins a psychological labyrinthine web in lieu of cheap scares and violence, Sarah Adina Smith’s THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is the grand buffet for the discerning consumer of creepy cinema. This film, shot with a POV-camera, cleverly subverts the gimmick of “found footage” films. It’s not the chilly lake that’ll freeze the marrow in your bones, it’s what lies behind the characters’ eyes. (In English and Turkish with subtitles) – C.P.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:40 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

After Hours

American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Sarah Adina Smith

Sarah Adina Smith, born in Fort Collins, CO, studied philosophy at Columbia University. Currently based in L.A., she is a co-founder of the multimedia arts studio Friend of a Friend. Her video art has been screened across the country at numerous esteemed galleries.


Mary Pat Bentel, Jonako Donley

Sarah Adina Smith

Shaheen Seth

Sarah Adina Smith

Principal Cast
Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Partridge, Beth Grant

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