Manchester by the Sea
After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe (Kyle Chandler) has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave from his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised. Written and directed by lauded playwright and filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”), “Manchester by the Sea” has garnered some of the year’s most lavish praise. Variety’s rave is representative: “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew.” Native St. Louisan Kimberly Steward served as one of the film’s producers, and SLIFF is pleased to honor her with our Women in Film Award.