Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 99 minutes



It is the perfect summer... for heartache. But for young Archie, also for hope. In love with the most beautiful lifeguard in the whole entire world, Archie is about to have his life changed when he’s hired to work at the Park District under local legend Dixon. A bit wimpy and kind of goofy, Archie needs help if he’s going to win the heart of Bernadette, the French foreign-exchange student saving lives in a Linda Barrett red bikini. Set in 1994 and with nods to the classic high school comedies of yesterday, BERNADETTE is the sweet coming-of-age story about a boy in love with a girl who would never give him the time of day. But, under the tutelage of lothario Dixon, Archie may just have a chance after all. With his bandmates in tow, Archie spends the summer doing what we all wish we could do again: having fun, barely working, and trying to block the French adjunct professor at the local community college from getting the girl of our dreams. Tender and sweet—like a first love—BERNADETTE is the perfect film for summer memories. And hope. —T.W.

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John Psathas

John Psathas is an award-winning director and producer based in Chicago. He was one of the first M.F.A. graduates from DePaul University’s Digital Cinema Program and went on to found the production company Analog Productions. His versatile work includes commercials for companies such as Sprite, Bacardi, and Aussie Shampoo, as well as short and feature length films. Between projects, Psathas teaches as an assistant professor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.


John Psathas, Patrick Wimp, James Psathas, Danny Farber

John Psathas, Patrick Wimp

Patrick Wimp

Matt Kitchen

Principal Cast
Sam Straley, Marilyn Bass, James Psathas, Sarah Shirkey, Johnny Lim, James Guyton, Sarah Jane Murray, Tommy Philbin

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