The Evening Hour

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:114 min.
Director:Braden King
Screenwriter:Elizabeth Palmore
Cinematographer:Declan Quinn
Cast:Philip Ettinger
Stacy Martin
Cosmo Jarvis
Michael Trotter
Kerry Bishé
Lili Taylor
Ross Partridge
Tess Harper
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the State of California. For drive-in tickets, please click here.


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The autumnal mountains of southern Appalachia fill cinematographer Declan Quinn’s frames with haunting power; they too set an evocative backdrop to Braden King’s (Here) beautiful adaptation of Carter Sickels’ compassionate novel The Evening Hour. Cole Freeman, empathetically portrayed by rising newcomer Philip Ettinger (First Reformed), struggles to reconcile a life built on serving the elderly members of his rural community, while also exploiting their excess wealth of prescription drugs to supply the rampant addiction that holds their bucolic town in a stranglehold. Complicating this delicate balance are relationships with two local love interests (Nymphomaniac’s Stacy Martin and Narcos’ Kerry Bishé), a desperate childhood friend (Cosmo Jarvis, Lady Macbeth) eager to profit from Cole’s side hustle himself, and his estranged mother (a luminous Lili Taylor) in the wake of their family patriarch’s passing. The Evening Hour is a moving elegy to the complex tangle of hardship and hope wrought by opioid addiction in America.

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Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His filmography includes feature film, Here, starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, feature documentary Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back (co-directed with Laura Moya), award-winning shorts Home Movie and National Disintegrations, and music videos for Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, and Laurie Anderson. Awards and honors include the C.I.C.A.E. Prize at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, 2010 Cinereach at Sundance Institute Fellowship, 2008 Cannes Film Festival Atelier, and grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller, Annenberg, and Sloan Foundations.