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Special Event: LUCE

DIRECTED BY: Julius Onah

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Tim Roth



Post-film conversation with director Julius Onah and actor Kelvin Harrison, Jr. moderated by Bruce Fretts


It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.


Julius Onah is a Nigerian American filmmaker based in New York City. His work has screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Camerimage. He’s currently exploring storytelling around the world through his multimedia project Open Continents.

Actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. is bringing to life some of the most dynamic and diverse characters on screens both big and small. Audiences first fell in love with Harrison in his first leading role in MONSTERS AND MEN at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 2019 is set to be a banner year for the actor as he captivates as the title character of the drama LUCE. Kelvin, who has been recognized as a face of independent film, has experienced significant festival success in his short time in the business. In 2018, he starred in JINN which won a Special Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival, and JT LEROY which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017 Kelvin was applauded for his performance in IT COMES AT NIGHT which received critical acclaim and earned him a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination for Breakthrough Actor. He also had a great supporting role in the Sundance favorite and Oscar nominated MUDBOUND.

Bruce Fretts writes about film and television for The New York Times. He also contributes to AARP's "Movies for Grownups”, Emmy Magazine and other outlets. He has moderated panels for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation as well as the Avon Theatre Film Center and other venues.




RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes






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