Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Before You Know It


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes

Before You Know It
Before You Know It
Before You Know It
Before You Know It

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio. Co-writer/director/star Hannah Pearl Utt is a triple threat with an impeccable sense of timing and a flair for juxtaposing unpredictable elements. Just as pragmatic Rachel and off-the-wall Jackie seem to hail from different planets while inhabiting the same universe, so too do the film’s over-the-top moments and characters coexist alongside subtle, grounded ones. Equal parts madcap comedy, adult coming-of-age story, and poignant drama, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT gleefully defies categorization, and that is its genius. - Sundance Film Festival

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 6:20 PM

Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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


Hannah Pearl Utt

Hannah Pearl Utt is best known for directing and starring in the series Disengaged. Utt was selected for the Sundance Institute's inaugural Catalyst Women Initiative and the 2017 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab.


Mallory Schwartz, Josh Hetzler, James Brown

Hannah Pearl Utt

Jon Keng

Kent Kincannon

Principal Cast
Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter, Alec Baldwin

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