AWARD SCREENING: BEST SCREENPLAY IN A U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE - DIANE
In his narrative film debut, Kent Jones brings us the story of Diane, a widowed, altruistic septuagenarian whose life is dictated by the needs of others. She fills her days serving food to the homeless, visiting ailing friends in the last years of their lives, and, most centrally, desperately attempting to reach her drug-addicted son, despite his repeated efforts to push her away. But as these pieces of her existence begin to wither and fade, she finds herself forced to look at her own identity—and memories she’d sooner forget than face.
Stalwart actress Mary Kay Place gives a subtly powerful performance as Diane, creating a vivid portrait that anchors the film with grace and gravity. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Diane features an all-star group of familiar faces, including Estelle Parsons, Andrea Martin, Deirdre O’Connell, and, in a beautifully vulnerable performance, Jake Lacy.