The Listener

Florida Premiere. Beth (Tessa Thompson, in a masterful performance) is a helpline volunteer – part of the small army that gets on the phone every night across America, fielding calls from all kinds of people feeling lonely, broken, hopeless. Over the last year the tide has become a tsunami. As Beth goes through her shift, the stakes rise: is this the night she will lose someone? Save someone? Eventually, Beth’s own story comes to light, revealing why she does it. All along we remain with her: listening, comforting, connecting – patching the world back together, one stitch at a time. Directed by veteran actor 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.

In Attendance: Steve Buscemi

Film Screenings

April 13 @ 6:30 pm

Regal Hollywood screens #7, 3, and 8

Q&A: Steve Buscemi, Wren Arthur


  • Country:
    United States
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  • Runtime:
    96 minutes
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  • Director:
    Steve Buscemi
  • Screenwriter:
    Alessandro Camon
  • Producer:
    Steve Buscemi, Oren Moverman, Tessa Thompson, Wren Arthur, Sean King O’Grady, Bill Stertz, Lauren Hantz
  • Executive Producer:
    Suzanne Warren, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, John Hantz
  • Cast:
    Tessa Thompson, Logan Marshall-Green, Derek Cecil
  • Cinematographer:
    Anka Malatynska
  • Editor:
    Kate Williams
  • Production Design:
    Mboni Maumba
  • Composer:
    Aska Matsumiya

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