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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, there are two features about Christine Chubbuck, the depressed Florida newscaster who infamously shot herself on live television in 1974.
In Christine, a narrative film directed by Antonio Campos, Rebecca Hall stars as the suicidal Sarasota news anchor who is competing for a promotion, healing from unrequited love and juggling a tumultuous home life.
“[She] is a woman who desperately wants to live, and she tries very, very, very hard — and you watch her trying,” Hall told The Hollywood Reporter in discussing the pic based on the real-life tragedy. “That’s what is compelling and moving about it.”
The film focuses on “the perfect storm of events that leads to a tragic end,” said Campos. Though he called the fest’s simultaneous premiere of a documentary of the same subject, Kate Plays Christine, a “very strange coincidence,” he’s excited to see another perspective on the topic.
Christine also features Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron, John Cullum and Timothy Simons.
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