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June 16–22, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Tomorrow Film still: Tomorrow
Best Documentary
César Awards
"Tomorrow wastes little time trying to convince us that that world is ending. It takes that as a known fact, and then highlights the people who are fighting in small but appreciable ways to stop that from happening"
"Tomorrow swaps the usual handwringing doomsday prophesizing in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach
  —Los Angles Times
"This playfully made exposé should be required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet"
  —Hollywood Reporter
Critics' Pick "The narration is punchy and personal; the pop catchy; and the hopscotching visuals are as vibrant as the subjects profiled"
  —New York Times

Tomorrow tells the story of its co-producers/co-directors, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Cyril Dion is a French activist, author and journalist, who has led an NGO for seven years. In 2012, he discovered a study in the journal Nature that announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, if we do not drastically change our way of life. He shared his concerns with his friend, actress and filmmaker Melanie Laurent (Breathe, Facets Cinémathèque 2015), who for several years has been involved in his NGO Colibris and Greenpeace organizations. Cyril has two children, Melanie had just had a baby, and they could not see how anyone could remain idle when faced with this information.

With a small film crew, they embarked on a road trip around the world in search of solutions and Tomorrow has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically, it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves in ten countries around the world: concrete examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance.

Unusually for a documentary film, Tomorrow exceeded a million entries in France and won the 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film as well as being distributed in 27 countries. A recent European study "Generation What?" found that the major concern of people between 18 and 34 years old is now ecology, rather than employment, a shift largely attributed to this film.

Directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, France, 2015, 118 mins. In English, French and Finnish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., June 16 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat., June 17 at 1:45, 4 & 6:15 pm
  • Sun., June 18 at 2 & 4:15 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., June 20–22 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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