WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
Narrative Feature | 84 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/7/2018
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Directed By
Madeleine Olnek

Produced By
Anna Margarita Albelo
Casper Andreas
Madeleine Olnek
Max Rifkind-Barron

Written By
Madeleine Olnek

Featuring
Molly Shannon
Amy Seimetz
Susan Ziegler
Brett Gelman
Jackie Monahan


2018 | English | USA

Literary icon Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) breaks free from her public persona as a famously prudish spinster and claims her status as a vibrant lesbian hero. Balancing raucous humor with tender romance, Shannon establishes Dickinson as a spirited artist who drew inspiration from her passionate, lifelong affair with her secret lover, Susan Dickinson (Susan Ziegler). In the delightfully irreverent WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, writer/director Madeleine Olnek refreshingly upends the false narratives that have historically dominated the poet’s life and work, and examines the way we as a society choose to write and remember our powerful women.