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A Thousand And One

Directed by A.V. Rockwell
116 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, this sweeping story of love follows Inez (R&B star Teyana Taylor) as she kidnaps her six-year-old son Terry from the foster care system.
Inez, herself an orphan who experienced New York’s foster care system, is at times volatile and impulsive, but also incredibly caring and protective. Recently released from prison and unwilling to leave Terry to the vagaries of an uncaring bureaucracy, Inez makes an impulsive decision that will greatly influence their lives. Growing up with fake papers, Terry thrives and Inez carefully protects their secret. Around them New York changes and gentrifies and all the while the threat of exposure hangs heavily. A.V. Rockwell’s perceptive direction keeps the focus tightly on this family while tracing the transformation of the city over decades. Anchored by an astonishing Taylor as Inez, A Thousand and One is an unforgettable film of great power.
Played by a mesmerizing Teyana Taylor, Inez holds you rapt throughout this sweeping New York story of love and survival, motherhood and gentrification.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
The movie’s fundamental concept is that, under such pressures as its characters confront, there’s no such thing as ordinary life—or, rather, that creating and sustaining ordinary life requires heroism of a sort that goes all too often unrecognized, and that, here, takes its place in history.
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Rockwell uses the full range of cinematic expressivity to turn a small, often tragic story of raw deals and rash decisions into an admiring portrait of survivorship, determination and resourcefulness.
Jessica Kiang, Variety

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Thu 15 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
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Program Strand
Unclassified 15+
In English
A.V. Rockwell
Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani, Brad Weston
Teyana Taylor, Josiah Cross, Will Catlett
A.V. Rockwell
Eric K. Yue
Sabine Hoffman, Kristan Sprague
Australian Premiere
Festival Award Winners, Women Directors, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Universal Pictures International/Park Circus
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