The Listener

Spotlight Narrative

North American Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 96 MINUTES |



When evening sets in, Beth (Tessa Thompson) is one of many volunteers manning helplines to lend a kind ear to people in crisis. The Listener charts a night in Beth’s life listening to the problems of faceless people and trying her best to help them. Always difficult, often disturbing, and, on that rare occasion, transformative, Beth’s night provides a cross-section of American society through the prism of mental health.

Directed by Steve Buscemi, The Listener is that rare chamber piece that is often as tense as a globe-trotting thriller. Beth not only has to talk down those who are about to end their own life, but also deal with creeps over the phone. Thompson is joined by a number of well-known voices on the other end of the line, including Rebecca Hall, Jamie Hector, and Alia Shawkat. With its emphasis on conversation, The Listener proves itself to be a stirring testament to the power of empathy.––Jarod Neece

In Person

Sun June 11 - 2:00 PM
Closed Captions available

Mon June 12 - 5:45 PM
Closed Captions available

Wed June 14 - 3:15 PM

*Rush Tickets available at venue except for Beacon Theatre
Rush will be offered when advanced tickets for a screening or event are no longer available at venues other than Beacon Theatre. The Rush system functions as a standby line that will form at the venue approximately one hour prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets and are payable upon entry.

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Directed by Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi
Wren Arthur, Steve Buscemi, Oren Moverman, Lauren Hantz, Tessa Thompson
Alessandro Camon
Tessa Thompson


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