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

Madeline's Madeline


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 90 minutes

Madeline's Madeline

Having just been released from a mental health facility, Madeline struggles to adjust at home with her mother, Regina (Miranda July). While Regina tries to connect with Madeline, the unstable temperaments of both mother and daughter create further distance between them. Madeline continues to withdraw, finding escape in an acting class with an immersive theater group. The group’s leader, Evangeline (Molly Parker), encourages the actors to experiment with taking on different personas and requires them to genuinely transform into the characters they play. Though the methods begin to feel problematic for Madeline’s fragile state, her idolization of Evangeline keeps Madeline striving to go deeper with her character work onstage. But when Evangeline begins to use Madeline’s tumultuous relationship with her mother to evoke emotion, everything starts to unravel. MADELINE’S MADELINE is an abstract coming-of-age drama that explores the lines between art and mental illness and the boundaries between healthy and destructive relationships. —G.S.

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


Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker was born in 1981 and raised in Texas. Since graduating from Princeton University, she has worked at Pig Iron Theatre Company, produced multiple long-form television documentaries, and acted in a string of indie movies. In 2013 Decker was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Bi the Way (2008), Butter on the Latch (2013), Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014), Flames (2017), MADELINE'S MADELINE (2017)

Krista Parris, Elizabeth Rao

Josephine Decker, Donna Di Novelli

Ashley Connor

Josephine Decker, Harrison Atkins

Principal Cast
Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili, Felipe Bonilla, Lisa Tharps

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