2019. USA. 126 min English.
Director: Todd Haynes Featuring: Mark Ruffalo Anne Hathaway Tim Robbins Bill Pullman
Based on Robert Bilott’s best-selling book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic story of an attorney who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals. Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood. Author and attorney Robert Bilott will appear in a post-screening discussion, and will sign copies of his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, following the discussion. Book sales will take place before and after the screening. Discussion moderated by Anne Coughlin (UVA).
This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book, to be held March 18-22. The screening and discussion is supported by Bank of America, Virginia Film Festival, UVA School of Law, and The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater
General Admission: $22.00