A film by Patrick Wang
2018, 242 minutes
No. 222


The acclaimed new work from filmmaker Patrick Wang (In the Family), featuring a remarkable performance from actress Tyne Daly, is the story of The Bread Factory, a community arts center in the small town of Checkford, told in two films. 

In part one, after 40 years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea (Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry) are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town. 

Part two revolves around rehearsals for the Greek play Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers.

Official Selection, Jeonju International Film Festival
Official Selection, Sarasota Film Festival
Official Selection, Urban Nomad Film Festival

“Critic’s Pick! A major new work by a singular American artist… ‘A Bread Factory’ has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare — but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic.” – Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

“The most original filmgoing experience of the year. As of this writing, I've seen both parts three times. With each viewing, I notice new things and am more moved by the characters. This film is miraculous, and we are lucky to have.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“A mighty cinematic force. The distinctive premise of Patrick Wang’s ‘A Bread Factory,’ is matched by the audacity and the originality with which he realizes it.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A richly absorbing portrait of a community theater at a crossroads… a wondrously moving, thoughtful and inventive new movie… Wang is an unusually gifted and criminally undersung talent.” – Justin Chang, LA Times

“A lovably oddball, ticklish and moving tapestry about the struggle to save a beleaguered community arts center… features a bitingly funny Janeane Garofalo… There’s nothing else out there like Patrick Wang’s A Bread Factory, and that’s wholly a good thing.” – Robert Abele, The Wrap