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Clemency Rated 15


Dir. Chinonye Chukwu. USA, 2020. 1h 52m. Starring Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks, Michael O’Neill, Richard Gunn, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge.

As she prepares to execute another inmate, a weary prison warden confronts the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, connecting her to the prisoner she is sanctioned to kill. Alfre Woodard gives an unforgettably moving performance in Chinonye Chukwu’s powerful death row drama. Winner of the 2020 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

‘It's a towering performance from Woodard, her career masterpiece, and she is first among equals in an outstanding cast.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Working from Chukwu’s sensitive, authentic screenplay...Woodard puts in a phenomenal performance which should have attracted Academy attention.’ Nikki Baughan, Film of the Month, BFI Sight and Sound Magazine