Matinees ACMI Presents

Mary Magdalene

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“With considerable grace and beguiling modesty [the film] frames its subject as one of Christ’s most discerning followers and a crucial witness to his ministry. ”

Los Angeles Times

A moving drama directed by Garth Davis (Lion), Mary Magdalene is based on the life of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. Mary (Rooney Mara) is a young woman struggling to conform to the traditions of her time. In defiance of her family, she joins a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix).  

The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of her patriarchal society. She undergoes a profound spiritual awakening, drawing her into conflict with fellow apostles Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Judas (Tahar Rahim). Finding herself at the centre of a revolutionary historical moment in Jerusalem, she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.