Location: Redstone Theater
Post-screening discussion with director Jennifer Fox and Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement. Moderated by Len Amato, President of HBO Films
Dir. Jennifer Fox. 2018, 114 mins. DCP. With Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common. Written and directed by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox and based on her own experiences, The Tale explores 13-year-old Jenny’s first sexual experience, both from her own perspective and that of her 45-year-old self (Laura Dern). Exposing the complexities of abuse that do not fit in the typical Hollywood narrative, this powerful film examines memory and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive trauma.
“The Tale is certainly a hard watch, the kind that trigger warnings were designed for. But it’s made for this moment. It’s about the vast gulf between what we know now and what we knew then, about the inevitability and the uselessness of gaining perspective.”—Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker