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LUCE

Directed by Julius Onah
FEATURE NARRATIVE 109 Minutes New York Premiere
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After the Premiere Screening: Join us in honoring the virtuosic ensemble cast of Luce with an empowering conversation led by Naomi Watts, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and director Julius Onah, discussing their expansive careers and the indelible roles that led each cast member to Luce.

High schooler Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) overcame a nightmarish past as a child soldier in Eritrea to become the definition of the All American teenager. As a valedictorian, track star, and all-around popular kid, his life seems set until he suddenly finds himself at odds with an overbearing teacher Ms. Wilson (Octavia Spencer). When his loving adoptive parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) become entangled in the suspicions of this teacher, complex questions of prejudice suddenly bubble to the surface, threatening to expose the ugly truths about all involved.

Boasting a revelatory central performance by Harrison (who also appears this year in Gully) and nuanced work from an electrifying ensemble, director and co-writer Julius Onah twists this tale (adapted with JC Lee from his own play) into unexpected shapes, forcing the audience to examine the characters from every imaginable angle. Tension pulls at the screen, allegiances shift, and the viewer’s own biases are used to deepen the storytelling in masterful ways.

—Loren Hammonds

After the Premiere Screening: Join us in honoring the virtuosic ensemble cast of Luce with an empowering conversation led by Naomi Watts, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Tim Roth, and director Julius Onah, discussing their expansive careers and the indelible roles that led each cast member to Luce.
Drama, Thriller, Special Events
About the Director(s)
Julius Onah is a Nigerian American filmmaker based in New York City. His work has screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Camerimage. He’s currently exploring storytelling around the world through his multimedia project Open Continents.
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Supported by:

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Julius Onah

Naomi Watts

Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Andrea Bang

Marsha Stephanie Blake


Film Info
  • Section:
    Movies Plus
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    109 minutes
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    New York
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Julius Onah
  • Producer:
    John Baker, Julius Onah, Andrew Yang
  • Screenwriter:
    JC Lee, Julius Onah

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