Directed by Christopher Nolan
(USA/UK, 2020)

35mm Premiere in Houston

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a CIA agent known as the Protagonist (John David Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a top-secret mission involving “inversion” technology that has the potential to rewrite human history. He is tasked with unraveling the mystery of the Algorithm, a weapon from the future sent back to wipe out the past.

Slant Magazine calls Christopher Nolan’s time-tripping brainteaser “a palindrome in both content and structure” that raises questions about free will and living life forward and backward in parallel universes.

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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; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and The Foundation for Independent Media Arts.


Directed by Christopher Nolan
(USA/UK, 2020, 150 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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