Wild Nights with Emily


1 Hr. 37 Min.

Screening format: DCP
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There is a common narrative surrounding the life of poet Emily Dickinson—her life was a tragic one, spent in seclusion as a virginal shut-in, able to communicate her feelings only through her poetry. What the wildly funny Wild Nights With Emily does is no less than detonate your preconceptions and upend this dominant narrative, instead presenting Dickinson (portrayed with great humor and warmth by Molly Shannon) as a brilliantly witty and creatively resolute woman who found love with her sister-in-law, Susan (Susan Ziegler). Also starring MFF alums Brett Gelman and Amy Seimetz, this vivacious and welcome antidote to the stuffy canon of "tortured genius" biopics is "the best lesbian comedy in years" (IndieWire), a joyous reclamation of a historical figure that proves highly stylized, yet deeply reverent. One thing is for certain after seeing this: You'll never look at the carefully calibrated words of Emily Dickinson the same way again.

Community Partners: Boswell Book Company, After School Special


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