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.