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114 minutes


DIRECTOR: Gus Van Sant

WITH: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing John Callahan intends to do is give up alcohol. Encouraged by his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor, he reluctantly enters a treatment programme and discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing edgy, hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a national following and a new lease of life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star alongside lead actor Joaquin Phoenix.

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.