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A Bread Factory: Parts One and Two

November 27, 2018

A Bread Factory: Parts One and Two

(Dir. Patrick Wang, 2018)

Co-presented by MUBI.
Post-screening Q&A with actors Janet Hsieh and George Young, cinematographer Frank Berrera, and producer Matt Miller.


6:30 PM


7:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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This is the story of The Bread Factory, a community arts center in the small town of Checkford, told in two films.

Part One: For the Sake of Gold:  After  40 years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly  fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from  China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street  catapulting big changes in their small town. (122 min.)

Part Two: Walk With Me a While: At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba.  But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been  invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There  is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.  (120 min.)

*Note: A Bread Factory will screen in two parts. There will be a short intermission between films. A single ticket grants admission to both films.

Wondrously moving, thoughtful and inventive. A warm and prickly humanist triumph.

- Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

Utterly  singular, endlessly warm, playful and lovable, a sprawling and prankish  hangout comedy with no clear precedent... the kind of work that will  become a point of comparison itself.

- Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly

As  thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American  filmmaker has given us... The journey is worth it. This film is  miraculous, and we are lucky to have it.

- Matt Zoller Seitz,

Wang is a singular artist, but he taps into a rich tradition. [A Bread Factory]  may remind some of the expansive comedies of Robert Altman, the  documentaries of Frederick Wiseman, or the work of Jacques  Rivette. These are cinematic giants, and this director may be on his way  to joining them.

- Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

An  astonishment and a revelation: with a ferociously dedicated, deeply  empathetic, finely conceived sense of purpose, Wang offers a steadfast  utopia of imagination, devotion, integrity, memory, and love in the face  of hatred, corruption, despair, and loss. He dramatizes the value of  art as the enduring embodiment and living memory of its creators’ humane  relationships; he distills community and culture into a mighty  cinematic force.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

(Available to download after screening date)

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