Virtual Cinema “Sibyl” and “A Thousand Cuts” September 21, 2020
Grab your popcorn for two gripping virtual features: a stylish French thriller, and a highly relevant documentary about the fight for free speech.
A “chic, blackly comic psychodrama” —Variety
Plot twists and passions escalate in Sibyl, from French writer and director Justine Triet. This new drama follows Sibyl, a psychotherapist who gives up her practice for aspirations to write her first novel. After she begins dropping clients, Sibyl struggles with the excess time and lack of creative inspiration until she meets Margot, a novice actress in the midst of a love affair with a costar. As Sibyl becomes engrossed in her new patient’s life—while battling her own inner demons—Sibyl blends fiction with reality, and the past with the present.
► A Thousand Cuts
“Plays out like a thriller” —rogerebert.com
A Thousand Cuts brings to light the ongoing conflict between the free press and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, through the lens of former CNN bureau chief Maria Ressa. Founder of digital news site Rappler, Ressa has published numerous investigative pieces about Duterte, his administration, and their response to the war on drugs. These reports resulted in intimidation tactics by the government, including threats via social media, bots spreading disinformation, and Ressa’s arrest on cyber libel charges in February 2019.
Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris and the Vaughn Foundation. Generous funding is provided by Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Lynn S. Wyatt; ILEX Foundation; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and The Foundation for Independent Media Arts.