OPENING NIGHT FILMEmily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced not only by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black market capitalism, but also by her ardent mentor Youcef.
Writer-director John Patton Ford’s taut thriller follows Emily from the margins of the corporate gig economy to the borderlands of the Los Angeles underworld. Emily the Criminal keeps sharp focus on its ambitious and increasingly reckless protagonist. Plaza gives a nervy, committed performance, transforming Emily from an embittered temp worker into a stone-cold thief. Rossi is disarmingly vulnerable as her partner in crime.
—Sundance Film Festival guide
Opening Night Film + After-Party
After two years of not being able to gather in-person, we are excited to be back at the Somerville Theatre for our 19th annual festival. To celebrate our return, we invite you to join us for our opening night after-party!
Bringing the film community together is important to us, and we could not think of a better way to kick off this festival than to gather after the screening in the Somerville’s new Crystal Ballroom! Enjoy appetizers and drinks available to purchase at the bar.
Tickets to the opening night film include access to the after-party following directly after the film at the Somerville’s Crystal Ballroom.