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Aero Theatre | New 4K Restoration of the Directors’ Cut!
25th Anniversary Screening! Pre-recorded introduction by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons.
‘Perpetratin’ Realism’ Series
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Home / Now Showing / EVE’S BAYOU
Eve’s Bayou (1997) signifies on the folk expression that there are at least two sides to every story. Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film portrays the return of the Batiste family’s repressed secrets. Set in a hermetic 1962 Louisiana community, the film centers the perspective of Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), the ten-year-old daughter of the wealthy doctor Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and socialite mother Roz (Lynn Whitfield). When Eve catches sight of her father in the act of infidelity, she begins to question adult authority. The film borrows elements from the Southern Gothic in order to ask what it means to act on what we know.
The most commercially successful independent film of 1997, Eve’s Bayou received numerous accolades including the 1998 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor (Debbi Morgan).
Twenty-five years after the theatrical release, the Criterion director’s cut reinscribes what Lemmons describes as her favorite character – a figure whose presence resolves the ambiguity of memory at the heart of the film. The 2022 version promises to re-invigorate attention to this already highly-regarded film and to provoke new conversations about the politics of Black storytelling, memory, and ability.
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