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March 2–8, 2018

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Werewolf Film still: Werewolf


Best Actress & Best First Film
in a Canadian production
Vancouver Film
Critics Circle
Special Prize
Toronto Film Critics
Assoc. Awards
"Stark, disquieting... illuminating for its depiction of a seldom-seen side of Canadian life"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Raw and poetic... This relationship drama captures the real humanity of isolated raw pain and the disorientation of modern life"
"A startling, out-of-nowhere film, and an intoxicating first feature from a rising filmmaker"
  —The Playlist

Ashley McKenzie's Werewolf is a startling feature debut centered upon a young and addicted homeless couple living on the margins of society in a small Canadian town. Sleeping where they can, trying in vain to coax extra methadone from clinic employees, all the while dragging around a decrepit lawnmower used for drug money, Blaise (Andrew Gillis) and Nessa (Bhreagh MacNeil) push through the throes of addiction, and are only concerned with each other and their daily fix. However, as the visceral, poignant, and visually arresting Werewolf progresses, it not only becomes a harrowing portrait of codependency and abusive behavior, but also about the futility, toil, and frustration in their lives.

Werewolf courageously refuses to romanticize this beleagured couple, as they try to survive primarily through an underground economy, in a film which portrays them with sensitivity and brutal honesty.

Directed by Ashley McKenzie, Canada, 2016, 80 mins.


  • Fri., Mar. 2 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Mar. 3 at 2, 4, 6 & 8 pm
  • Sun., Mar. 4 at 2, 4, & 6 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Mar. 5–8 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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