Hard Eight

When good luck is a long shot, you have to hedge your bets.

Ottawa Premiere of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s rarely seen debut film – November 28th & 29th!

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. The acclaimed feature film directorial debut from 8x Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson, making its first screening in Ottawa, 22 years after its release! Featuring the impressive ensemble cast of Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar nominees John C Reilly, and Samuel L Jackson, and legendary character actor Philip Baker Hall!

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards – Best New Filmmaker Award winner!
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards – New Generation Award winner!
Cannes – Golden Camera award nominee!
Deauville Film Fest – Grand Special Prize nominee!

3.5 / 4 Stars! “Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.” (Roger Ebert – Chicago Sun Times)

“rookie director Paul Thomas Anderson shows off the same sort of quirky smarts that Joel and Ethan Coen did in “Blood Simple…top-notch performances” (Washington Post)

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.
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