Scenes from an Empty Church
Director Onur Tukel | 2021 | 98 mins | Comedy/Drama | US | English
World Premiere – Chattanooga Film Festival 2021
In a locked-down NYC, two priests open their church doors to those seeking salvation during the most isolating of times. From the commonplace to the truly metaphysical, their visitors reflect the full spectrum of personal crises of spirituality. Throughout their encounters with the city’s sweetest, wildest and weirdest, the two priests learn the importance of connection, empathy and open-mindedness. Sometimes a little faith is all you need to make it through the bad times.
From writer/director Onur Tukel (Catfight), and featuring standout performances from Kevin Corrigan, Max Casella, and Thomas Jay Ryan, Scenes from an Empty Church is a uniquely timely and timeless spotlight on the search for life’s meaning, told with Tukel’s trademark wit and wisdom.
“I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS FILM ENOUGH! IT WILL LIKELY OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND, NO MATTER YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY.”
– DREAD CENTRAL
“VITAL AND ENTERTAINING AT A TIME WHERE PARTISAN POLITICS AND PESSIMISM HAVE EXPLODED.”
– THE FILM STAGE
“AN INCREDIBLY POIGNANT FILM.”
– SPLATTER PUNK REVIEWS
“PROVIDING SOME WRY SPIRITUAL BALM FOR TROUBLED TIMES.”
– 48 HILLS
“REVERENTIAL AND IRREVERENT … SCENES FROM AN EMPTY CHURCH” IS AN ENGAGING AND INTELLIGENT FILM, INTELLECTUALLY CHALLENGING AND VERBAL IN A WAY THAT IS ALL TOO RARE.”
– EASY READER
Onur Tukel (Catfight, Black Magic for White Boys) – Director
Kevin Corrigan (Seven Psychopaths, Pineapple Express)
Max Casella (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jackie)
Thomas Jay Ryan (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
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