US, Feature Film, 2023, 108 min

Screening will be followed by BIFF’s Presentation of the Vanguard Award to Laura Linney and Interview with Ron Bostwick

Directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke. Wildcat invites you to weave in and out of celebrated Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor's mind as she ponders the great questions of her writing: Can scandalous art still serve God? Does suffering precede all greatness? Can illness be a blessing? In 1950, Flannery (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at age 24. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a feverish exploration of belief. As she dives deeper into her craft, the lines between reality, imagination, and faith begin to blur, allowing Flannery to ultimately come to peace with her situation. Starring Maya Hawke, Laura Linney, Philip Ettinger, Rafael Casal, Cooper Hoffman, Steve Zahn, Vincent D’Onofrio, Allessandro Nivola, Christine Dye, Willa Fitzgerald, and Levon Hawke

Actor Laura Linney will be presented with the Boulder International Film Festival Vanguard Award following the screening of Wildcat.

Laura Linney works in film, television, and theater. She starred in all four seasons of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Ozark, where she plays Wendy Byrde, starring opposite Jason Bateman. Laura received her seventh Emmy Award nomination and her ninth SAG Award nomination for her portrayal of Wendy Byrde. She has also been nominated three times for an Academy Award, five times for a Tony Award, nine times for a SAG award, once for a BAFTA Award and eight times for a Golden Globe. She has won one Screen Actors Guild Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards.

Directed by Ethan Hawke

Boulder Premiere

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder 1, 1700 29th St.; Cinemark Century Boulder 2, 1700 29th St.; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium