37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Lears

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World-renowned architect Davenport Lear (Bruce Dern) summons his dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat to test their love. Set in of one of Davenport’s signature architectural masterpieces, a quirky black comedy emerges in this modern-day reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic King Lear. Davenport announces he is to marry his younger personal assistant, setting off an explosive round of humorously devious behavior. Each of his children vies for his favor, consumed by self-interest, greed, and jealousy. The Lears raises fundamental questions about the nature of love, sexuality, family relationships, and honesty. Discussion with actors Anthony Michael Hall, Ivy Matheson, and James Hoare, writer-director Carl Bessai, and producer Irwin Olian, moderated by Mark Edmundson (UVA)


Thursday, November 9


9:15 PM


UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater

Film Info

Director: Carl Bessai

Runtime: 110 min.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Featuring: Anthony Michael Hall, Bruce Dern, Sean Astin, Aly Michalka, Victoria Smurfit, James Hoare, Nic Bishop.