Indignation

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USA | 2016 | 109 minutes | James Schamus

May 21, 2016

Saturday Night Film & Party | May 21 | Film: AMC Pacific Place Cinemas | Party: Pacific Place

Frequent Ang Lee collaborator James Schamus steps into the director's chair to adapt Philip Roth's novel about an independent-minded college student (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) at odds with the mindset of 1950s America.

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Saturday Film & Party | May 21 | Film: AMC Pacific Place Cinemas | Party: Pacific Place

It's Saturday night and it's time to party! SIFF features a screening, followed by a reception catered by Il Fornaio.


James Schamus—frequent Ang Lee collaborator, Columbia University film professor, and former studio chief of Focus Features—makes his directorial debut with a beautifully realized, emotionally soaring adaptation of Philip Roth's 29th novel. It's 1951, and New Jersey teenager Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is the newest student at Winesburg College in Ohio, his enrollment keeping him out of the Korean War and in his kosher butcher father's good graces. But now a self-proclaimed atheist and one of the few Jewish-raised students at the Lutheran school, the principled Marcus immediately locks ideological horns with roommates, teachers, and deans alike, and not even his romance with comely Winesburg legacy Olivia (Sarah Gadon, "11.22.63") can seem to shake him of his increasing cynicism. As a war rages on overseas, Marcus fights his own battles, both within himself and against the institutions that threaten to suffocate and silence him. Featuring ferocious supporting performances from playwright Tracy Letts ("August, Osage County"), as well as Danny Burstein and Linda Emond (both Tony nominees for the 2014 revival of "Cabaret") as Marcus' parents, this thinly fictionalized version of Roth's college years also stands as the best cinematic adaptation of his decades-spanning body of work.


Director Biography
Indignation is James Schamus's directorial debut, but directing is almost the only thing Schamus hadn't previously done in film. A former CEO of Focus Features and current professor of film history and theory at Columbia University, Schamus's output as writer or producer includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Lost in Translation, Milk, and many others.

Sponsored by Il Fornaio, AMC Pacific Place 11, Pacific Place

  • Director: James Schamus
  • Principal Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Ben Rosenfield
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Producer: Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Screenplay: James Schamus
  • Cinematographers: Christopher Blauvelt
  • Editors: Andrew Marcus
  • Music: Jay Wadley
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
  • International Sales: CAA