UK Premiere: Lone Star
Image Credit: Lone Star © WBEI 1996

UK Premiere: Lone Star

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Thu 25 July 17:30

Cinema 1, Watershed

John Sayles
Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña
135 mins, 1996, USA
Primary language

A keen observer of America’s social fabric, writer/director John Sayles uncovers the haunted past buried beneath a small Texas border town in this neo-western mystery. He received an Oscar® nomination for the film’s masterful screenplay, which slides from the past to the present.

When a skeleton is discovered in the desert, lawman Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper), son of a legendary local sheriff, begins an investigation that will have profound implications both for him personally and for all of Rio County, a place still reckoning with its history of racial violence. When Sam reencounters his high school flame (Elizabeth Peña), it becomes clear that secrets from the past can’t stay buried forever.

Sayles’s masterful film, novelistic in its intricacy and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, quietly subverts national myth making and lays bare the fault lines of life at the border.

A new 4K restoration, supervised by director John Sayles and director of photography Stuart Dryburgh.

With a remote introduction by indie cinema legends John Sayles & Maggie Renzi hosted by Dr Mark Bould, author of The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star.

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