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Wild Nights with Emily

Madeleine Olnek, USA 2018, 84’
Polish premiere
The Long Dumb Road

It is at least questionable and sometimes obviously inappropriate to draw radical conclusions regarding real experiences, beliefs, health condition or sexual preferences of the author on the basis of her poems - Stanisław Barańczak, who translated the poems of Emily Dickinson, a poet living in the XIX century. However, the director Madeline Olnek seems not to care about it. She is having fun at using the rumors about the American writer that have been repeated for years. In her movie Wild Nights With Emily Olnek is dealing with a noble image of the poet. Emily (played by Molly Shannon), commonly regarded as a loner living in complete isolation, suddenly gets sophisticated sense of humor and...wild erotic life, as - according to Olnek - she was in love with her brother's wife. And the feeling was mutual. The Dickinson's poems are still moving, yet no one is being serious here, even when discussing the work of the Brontë sisters. Who knew that the secret life of Emily Dickinson could be that entertaining?

Marta Bałaga


FilmOut San Diego 2018 – Best Actress, Sidewalk FF 2018 – Best SHOUT Narrative Feature

Madeleine Olnek

Director, screenwriter and playwright, residing in New York. She studied at prestigious Brown University and Columbia University in New York, where she was granted William Goldman scholarship and Adrienne Shelly award for the best director. Nominated for the Independent Spirit Award. Her third feature-length film, Wild Nights With Emily, received support from the Guggenheim foundation and was presented at the festivals in Edinburgh and at SXSW.

Selected filmography

2006 Hold Up (short)

2008 Countertransference (short)

2011 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

2013 The Foxy Merkins 2018 Wild Nights with Emily

Cast & Crew

director Madeleine Olnek
screenplay Madeleine Olnek
cinematography Anna Stypko
editing Lee Eaton, Anthony Clemente
music Karl Frid, Par Frid
cast Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal
producer Casper Andreas, Max Rifkind-Baron, Anna Margarita Albelo, Madeleine Olnek
production Salem Street Entertainment, UnLtd Productions, P2 Films
sales Cinetic Media
language English
coloration colour
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