KASI LEMMONS | USA | 1997 | 110 MIN | R
This screening will feature live music 30 minutes prior to start time.
Magic and restless spirits drift through the sticky swamps and aging mansions of Louisiana in the remarkable Southern Gothic directorial debut of Kasi Lemmons (Harriet, PFF28). Centered around the home of the well-to-do Batiste family, headed by esteemed local doctor Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and charming socialite Roz (Lynn Whitfield), the film depicts a hot, tumultuous summer through the eyes of the family’s youngest daughter, Eve (the sensational Jurnee Smollett). Coolly admitting to killing her father in the film’s very first scene, the film reflects upon the malleability of Eve’s memories, which are filled with secrets, shocking discoveries, and mysticism. Supported by a stunning performance from Debbi Morgan as Louis’ troubled psychic sister Mozelle, Eve’s Bayou marked a defining moment in 90s American cinema.
Cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield
“A reminder that sometimes films can venture into the realms of poetry and dreams.” –Roger Ebert