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The Cathedral

September 6, 2022

The Cathedral

(dir. Ricky D'Ambrose, 2021)

Los Angeles premiere! Co-presented by MUBI.
Director Ricky D'Ambrose in person!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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A  multigenerational family saga in extreme miniature, the new feature from  singular American independent director Ricky D’Ambrose (Notes on an Appearance) is his most refined, emotionally resonant work yet. Slicing across decades with impressionistic precision, The Cathedral tells the formally economical yet engrossing story of the Damrosch  family, whose quiet rise and fall is seen through the eyes of its  youngest member, Jesse, born in the late 1980s. Using photographs and  archival news footage to buttress his oblique drama, D’Ambrose shows how  a family’s financial and emotional wear and tear can subtly reflect a  country’s sociopolitical fortunes and follies. Official Selection: Venice, Sundance, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films.

Screening to be followed by a Q&A with Ricky D'Ambrose, moderated by director Tyler Taormina (Ham on Rye, Happer's Comet)

A hybrid unlike any other.

- Amy Taubin, Artforum

A quietly stunning jewel box of a film.

- Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

The Cathedral is a deeply humanist film, but it's also a relentlessly bleak exorcism of a family's intolerances.

- Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

The  viewer is asked to be as observant to details, to furtive gestures and  to shades of meaning, as D’Ambrose is in adapting his own family story,  making The Cathedral a genuinely radical act.

- Robert Koehler, Cinema Scope

A  fervent memory piece, filled with haunting images of Jesse's visions.  Amazingly, these scenes don't have the subjective feel of point-of-view  shots; rather, they render memory as fact and present inner experience  as an objective reality.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

(Available to download after screening date)

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