Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 83 minutes


KRISHA, a pill-popping, booze-swilling hippie, has lived her life as the black sheep. After a decade of battling her inner demons, she returns home for Thanksgiving following years of estrangement. The mysterious arrival brings tension to an otherwise familiar holiday gathering that swells as each layer of the past is slowly unraveled. Soon, family secrets are unearthed, lies are revealed, and trust is broken. “You are heartbreak incarnate, lady; you are a leaver,” her brother-in-law snarls. Writer-director Trey Edward Shults shot the film almost entirely in his parents' Texas home and cast his aunt, mother, grandma, and himself as members of the family. Much like Krisha’s own swirling perspective, the intriguing ensemble and interspersed home videos only serve to further blur the already disorienting boundaries of reality. A character study of the most intense degree, KRISHA is a dizzying, captivating portrait of addiction that challenges the boundaries of compassion. –N.D.

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New Direction Competition

Trey Edward Shults

Trey Edward Shults was born in 1988 in Houston, Texas. He is a writer and director who studied at the University of Texas. His feature film debut, KRISHA, won the SXSW Audience Award and Grand Jury Award for a Feature Narrative.

KRISHA (2015)

Trey Edward Shults, Justin R. Chan, Chase Jollet, Wilson Smith

Trey Edward Shults

Drew Daniels

Trey Edward Shults

Principal Cast
Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise, Trey Edward Shults, Chris Doubek, Olivia Grace Applegate, Alex Dobrenko, Chase Joliet

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