festival program / Knight Marimbas Award  |  Special Presentation



Looking for inspiration for her next project, filmmaker Allison (Aubrey Plaza) decamps the urban core for a writer’s retreat at a remote lake house owned by Gabe and Blair (Sarah Gadon and Christopher Abbott), a couple who are attempting a relationship reboot by dropping out of city life. Feeling the need to begin her stay with at least a perfunctory evening of obligatory social pleasantries, Allison soon discovers she has inadvertently waded into something deeply ominous going on between Gabe and Blair. A wine-fueled evening unleashes a torrent of jealousy, desire and gender politics in a calculated – and frightening - game of psychological manipulation.

Or has it? Funny, dark, and ready to subvert your expectations at every turn, Black Bear is a wild and twisty look at the creative process. In this film, the boundaries between autobiography and invention are blurred, toyed with, and turned on their head – all in the name of the pursuit of art.

The film will be accompanied by a Q&A with Director Lawrence Michael Levine, moderated by Miami Film Festival's Lauren Cohen.

Event Dates

October 8, 2020 to October 14, 2020 ET

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Director Bio

Lawrence Michael Levine is an actor, writer and director. He is best known for having written and directed the films Gabi on the Roof in July (10) and Wild Canaries (14), and written Always Shine (16). Black Bear, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is his latest film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Producer(s)
    Jonny Blitstein, Julie Christeas, Richard J. Bosner, Marina Grasic, Jai Khanna, Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Aubrey Plaza
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Rob Leitzell
  • Editor(s)
    Matthew Weiss
  • Composer
    Giulio Carmassi , Bryan Scary
  • Cast
    Aubrey Plaza, Sarah Gadon, Christopher Abbott

Film Info