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

Three Identical Strangers

Year: 2017
Country: United States
Run Time: 96 minutes

Three Identical Strangers

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers—Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—make the astounding discovery that they are identical triplets. Separated at birth, adopted, and raised by three different families, the 19-year-olds are reunited by chance. Their story sets the tabloids on fire, and the triplets suddenly become famous around the world. The brothers forge a relationship and become fast friends. They move in together in a swinging bachelor pad and open a restaurant that skyrockets to success. The toast of Manhattan, the triplets are living the high life. But their fairy-tale reunion sets off a chain of events that ultimately unearths an extraordinary and sinister secret that could answer controversial questions at the heart of human behavior. Director Tim Wardle, teaming with production company Raw as well as CNN and Channel 4, has crafted a gripping, juicy conspiracy thriller that becomes so much more complex. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS evolves from pulp nonfiction into a multi-layered deliberation on nature versus nurture and the existential dilemma of what makes us who we are. —Sundance Film Festival

CIFF42 Screenings

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Ad Hoc Docs Competition

Tim Wardle

Tim Wardle is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and executive producer at the award-winning production company RAW. Wardle has also worked as head of development for a number of leading UK production companies, including Century Films, Blast Films, RAW, and BBC Documentaries. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS won the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Lifers: Channel 4 Cutting Edge (2012), THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (2018)

Becky Read, Grace Hughes-Hallett

Tim Cragg

Michael Harte

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