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March 7, 2015 8:00 PM
Theme: Going Home
Winter in the Blood – United States, Feature, 98 minutes, adult content
Based on the critically-acclaimed novel of Blackfeet author James Welch, this is the story of Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer - Lakota - In Attendance) - a Blackfoot man whose life is in chaos. Haunted by a dismal present and by ill-defined traumas of the past, he sets out to regain a rifle stolen by his wife who has fled to town, and begins what will become an odyssey of discovery. The story opens with Virgil drunk in a ditch and seeing an image of his dead father, frozen, and continues to spiral downward, leading him to town on a wild and somewhat dark effort to retrieve the rifle. He is boxed-in by his anger and strikes out, sometimes brutally, at those whose path he crosses. But he is also groping for meaning and seeking to reawaken his own humanity. The film mixes up time, emotional shifts, surreal moments in a rich mixture of a tale of a lost man seeking to find himself.
Directors: Alex Smith - In Attendance • Andrew Smith
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