This sweepingly poignant and riotous comedy evokes virtuoso performances from Oscar®-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) and Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot). Stella (Dukakis), a brassy and crotchety rebel with a cause, and nearly-blind Dot (Fricker) have been together for 31 years. Now in their seventies, Dot’s neurotic granddaughter, Molly, decides that she’s putting Dot in a retirement home. In nothing less than a coup-d’état, Stella breaks her out of the nursing home and the two embark on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip to be legally married in Canada, picking up a young and impressionable hitchhiker along the way. With equal parts humor and grace and all the while battling the narrow minded, Cloudburst offers a touching examination of the true nature of commitment while celebrating the power of love against adversity. (Directed by Thom Fitzgerald. Canada, 2011, 93 min)
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This film will also screen as part of the Chicago Filmmakers Screening Series on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:30pm // Hokin Hall at Columbia College Chicago - 623 S. Wabash Ave. Screenings at Hokin Hall are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Chicago Filmmakers' programs are also supported by The MacArthur Fund at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.