Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival presents Down in Paris.
Directed by Antony Hickling
Cast: Antony Hickling
Richard (portrayed by writer-director Hickling), a gay filmmaker in his forties, is suddenly overwhelmed with crippling anxiety in the middle of a night shoot for his latest movie. Without a word to his cast and crew, he walks off the set and wanders through the Paris streets in search of answers and hopefully, the inspiration to continue. During his long dark night of the soul, Richard bonds with a British woman he meets in a bar, runs into an old boyfriend, visits an eerily profound fortuneteller, and has a myriad of other random encounters (including a memorable visit to a gay sex club). Some of the encounters are warm, some disturbing, others life affirming. None quite provides what Richard is seeking. As dawn approaches, Richard has to confront his fears and question his deepest desires in order to find renewal to continue his life journey. Fifth time feature director (and actor) Hickling, known for his gay themed movies, breaks new ground with this contemplative, insightful portrait of a gay man at a creative and personal crossroad.
Available to stream in Illinois only.
Landmark Century Centre Cinema
2828 N Clark, Chicago, IL