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Dir. Ethan Hawke
108 min

Flannery O’Connor was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, a troubled soul whose intense Catholicism collided with the grotesqueries she witnessed in the mid-century American South. Maya Hawke plays O’Connor in Ethan Hawke’s unconventional bio-pic.

Using different aspect ratios, shifting between black and white and color, Ethan Hawke takes us not only through O’Connor’s troubled life–one marred by a disease that would eventually take her life at age 39–but also through the vicissitudes of the writing process. Maya Hawke captures O’Connor’s mercurial personality, and the result is a blazing biopic that seems to have sprung from the mind of the writer who serves as its subject.

“A dreamy movie that evokes O’Connor’s biggest project: an inquiry into the broken nature of grace.” –Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 108 min
Country/Region: USA
Language: English
Print Source: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Tags: Adaptation, Arts, Based on a True Story, Biography, Drama


Director: Ethan Hawke
Producer: Ryan Hawke, Joe Goodman, Cory Pyke, Karri O'Reilly
Cinematographer: Steve Cosens
Screenwriter: Ethan Hawke, Shelby Gaines
Editor: Barry Poltermann
Composer: Shelby Gaines, Latham Gaines
Principal Cast: Maya Hawke, Laura Linney, Philip Ettinger, Rafael Casal, Cooper Hoffman, Steve Zahn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Alessandro Nivola, Christine Dye, Willa Fitzgerald