The Michigan Theater Main Auditorium
Michigan Theater Grand Foyer
Angell Hall
8:00 PM (98 min)
Before You Know It
Opening Night Film!
Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.
5:30 PM (120 min)
Opening Night Party
KICK OFF CINETOPIA 2019 AT OUR OPENING PARTY! Before the film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, join us for food and drink at the Michigan Theater. Party admission included with our Festival and VIP passes. Tickets to Opening Night, which include the party + film, available for purchase. See the BEFORE YOU KNOW IT Film Page for more.
6:00 PM (124 min)
Household Saints
Part of the U-M Mavericks and Makers Symposium!Household Saints is a leisurely-paced portrait of three different generations of working-class, New York-based, Italian women. Carmela Santangelo (JUDITH MALINA) is an elderly immigrant whose son (VINCENT D'ONOFRIO) wins a wife, Catherine Falconetti (TRACEY ULLMAN), during a pinochle game. The pair have a daughter, Teresa (LILI TAYLOR), who becomes obsessed with religion, eventually believing that she will become the bride of Christ.