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February 10–16, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Sophie and the Rising Sun

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Film still: Sophie and the Rising Sun

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"[A] gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship"
"Sensitively crafted... [filmmaker Maggie Greenwald] gives us four supremely gifted performers striking complex notes as women living in comparatively benighted times"
  —Chicago Tribune

Set in the autumn of 1941, Sophie and the Rising Sun tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history in a South Carolina fishing village. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded Asian stranger, Mr. Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi), appears in town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie (Julianne Nicholson) quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and their friendship blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves, the war tragically escalates when Pearl Harbor is bombed, and a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence begins to divide everyone and Ohta becomes even more of a target. Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper risk their lives to save him.

Filmmaker Maggie Greenwald (The Ballad of Little Jo, Songcatcher) returns with an elegant historical drama and moving love story.

Directed Maggie Greenwald, U.S.A., 2016, 116 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 10 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 11 at 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 12 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Feb. 14–16 at 7 & 9:15 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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