Black Bear

Lawrence Michael Levine, USA 2020, 104’
David Byrne’s American Utopia

Blair (Sarah Gadon) and Gabe (Christopher Abbott) are a married couple who move from the city to a remote area. They are trying to rebuild their fragile relationship. Everything changes when Allison (Aubrey Plaza), a burned-out director, comes to see them in search of a subject for a new movie. Like in the films of Cassavetes and Polański, the tension that arises among the three protagonists has an undercurrent of desire and passion, while also making clear the sudden need to discharge built-up emotions. The tension reaches its peak when the director suddenly shuffles the cards and casts the same actors in different roles: this time as the makers of a film whose plot resembles what we saw in the first part of the film. However, the last day of shooting results in a series of unforeseen events. Levine is asking more questions than he’s answering, but his obvious firsthand experience of the frenetic energy and escalating stress on a low-budget film shoot lends an air of authenticity to the unfolding events, wrote Hollywood Reporter after the film’s premiere at Sundance.

Jakub Demiańczuk

Lawrence Michael Levine

Lawrence Michael Levine is a director, screenwriter, actor, and playwright who enjoys studying the complex relationships between characters. He began his career off-Broadway, and made his cinematic debut with an adaptation of his own play Territory. As an actor, he has appeared in films directed by, among others, Onur Tukel, Joe Swanberg, and his life partner, Sophia Takal. His favorite filmmakers include John Cassavetes and Alfred Hitchcock.


2005 Territory

2009 The Empress (short)

2009 Fat Friend (short)

2010 Gabi on the Roof in July

2014 Dzikie kanarki / Wild Canaries

2020 Czarny niedźwiedź / Black Bear

Cast & Crew

director Lawrence Michael Levine
screenplay Lawrence Michael Levine
cinematography Rob Leitzell
editing Matthew Weiss
music Bryan Scary, Giulio Carmassi
cast Aubrey Plaza, Sarah Gadon, Christopher Abbott
producer Julie Christeas, Jonathan Blitstein, Richard J Bosner, Aubrey Plaza, Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal, Jai Khanna, Marina Grasic
production Tandem Pictures
sales Radiant Films International
language English
coloration colour
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