Wild Nights With Emily

Opens Friday, May 10
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1hr 24mins // directed by:Madeleine Olnek // featuring:Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman // DCP // CC, Assisted Listening

Molly Shannon stars as Emily Dickinson in Madeleine Olnek's dramatic comedy.

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle. A timely critique of how women's history is rewritten, Wild Nights With Emily remains vibrant, irreverent and tender--a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson's real life than anything seen before.

Films featuring women both behind and in front of the camera

"It's respectful, but it's also alive. It's serious, but it's also tongue-in-cheek. Olnek's approach gives Emily room to breathe. At last." — Sheila O'Malley , RogerEbert.com


"Beneath the japery and rough-edged filmmaking is an abiding love for the work - its passion and resilience - and respect for the women whose hidden lifelong language that work may have been." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe


"Could forever change the narrative of the world's most famous woman poet." — Jude Dry, indieWire