Nov 8-12, 2018

A Woman Like Me

With Guest Filmmaker Elizabeth Giamatti

Run Time: 79 Mins USA Language: English


Two remarkable films in one, A Woman Like Me interweaves the real-life story of filmmaker Alex Sichel, diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011, with the fictional story of Anna Seashell (played sublimely by Lili Taylor). It is a unique and self-reflexive meditation on parenting, marriage, and faith in the face of death. Director of the critically acclaimed All Over Me, Sichel uses the medium she knows best to illuminate her unforgettable creative battle to the end.

According to co-director Elizabeth Giamatti, who saw the project through to completion: “By making this movie, she [Alex] hoped not only to find a way through her experience; she also wanted to create a forum for a shared experience of metastatic breast cancer. Perhaps documentary provided a more direct line…. In the end, though, we realized that this is a movie about making a movie, under life-threatening circumstances, and we needed both fiction and documentary to tell the story of a filmmaker using her imagination to find a way to live gracefully with a ticking time bomb.”

“Lili Taylor is radiant in the fictional segments, whether engaging in a dialogue with herself, practicing her eventual death in front of her husband and, in a recurring poetic image, joyfully flying on a trapeze.”  – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Film Details

USA, 2015
Directed by Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti
Written by Alex Sichel
Cinematography by Kristen Johnson, Michael Simmonds, Reuben Kleiner Editing by Ramsey Fendall
Music by César Alvarez
Cast: Lili Taylor
Running time: 79 mins

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