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SFFILM Festival

Closing Night: Thelma

Directed by Josh Margolin

USA | Fiction | 97

28 Apr
Sun, Apr 28 at 7:15 pm PT
28 Apr
Sun, Apr 28 at 8:00 pm PT
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Guests Expected

Director Josh Margolin, actor June Squibb, and producers Chris Kaye and Zoe Worth are expected to attend the Premier Theater screening.


A steely and hysterical June Squibb sinks her teeth into her first leading role as a 93-year-old widow proudly living alone who falls prey to a cash-grabbing hoax. Vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice, Thelma sets out on an odyssey across an evocatively lensed Los Angeles landscape, accompanied by her old friend Ben (a scene-stealing Richard Roundtree in his final performance). Together, the determined duo wield their charm, social invisibility, and elder-age devices to overcome numerous obstacles. Director Josh Margolin overtly and subtly draws on action-hero genre cliches, playing with traditional set-ups to illustrate Thelma’s agency while also placing Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible directly into the plot. Margolin is firmly at the helm of this hilarious romp but the film belongs to Squibb, as the Oscar®-nominated performer imbues Thelma with a hunger to be seen and understood by those who love her most, something we never grow out of.

Director Josh Margolin

Josh Margolin received a BA in theater from Wesleyan University. He is an actor and improv comic, who was part of One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical, as well as a director and screenwriter. He created, wrote, and starred in My Boyfriend Is a Robot (2017) and co-wrote and starred in Deep Murder (2019). He made his directorial debut with a short film, A Dentist (2011). Thelma is his first feature.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 97

Country USA

Director Josh Margolin

Executive Producer June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Tobias Gutzwiler

Producer Zoë Worth, Chris Kaye, Nicholas Weinstock, Benjamin Simpson, Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani

Writer Josh Margolin

Editor Josh Margolin

Cinematographer David Bolen

Music Nick Chuba

Cast June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film