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New Releases: Give Me Liberty

1001 Bissonnet Street
(713) 639-7515
  • Presented By: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Dates: 12/14/2019, 12/15/2019
  • Location: Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium
  • Address: 1001 Bissonnet Street
  • Phone: (713) 639-7515
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 6:50 PM
  • Price: General admission $9, MFAH members, seniors (65+), students with ID $7
  • Admission: General admission $9, MFAH members, seniors (65+), students with ID $7
  • Area of Town: Museum District
  • overview

    Based on the filmmaker’s real-life adventures as a Russian immigrant driving a medical transport vehicle in Wisconsin, Give Me Liberty follows a day in the life of van driver Vic (Chris Galust), who frequently encounters obstacles in his daily route. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots Vic’s scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. “This film is tremendous.... What it pulls off is a little miracle.” —FilmWeek “One of the most electric films [at the Sundance Film Festival] ... a fresh vision of the all-American crowd-pleaser.” —Roger Ebert.com “A master class in controlled, escalating chaos.” —Los Angeles Times “At once breakneck and tolerant, Give Me Liberty manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American.” —New Yorker “It’s a ride that opens the door to a diverse and important community. With wonderfully raw and absorbing performances, this small tale is a rare treat.” —Film Inquiry

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