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Household Saints

Directed by Nancy Savoca

Release: 1993
Runtime: 125
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Director: Nancy Savoca
Writer: Richard Guay, Nancy Savoca

Nancy Savoca’s star-studded indie gem is a chronicle of a spirited Italian-American New York family that perfectly balances humor, tragedy, and pathos. Joseph Santangelo (Vincent D’Onofrio) is a butcher with a wicked sense of humor who “wins” his wife Catherine (a stellar Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. Over the protests of his mother (Judith Malina) who talks to ghosts and makes deals with saints, Joseph marries Catherine. When the old lady dies, her spirit is channeled into her granddaughter Teresa who overtakes the film with her yearning to serve God. Perfectly embodying a modern-day Bernadette, Lili Taylor imbues Teresa with a mix of dedicated innocence and naïveté. Executive produced by Jonathan Demme, with memorable performances from Michael Imperioli, Michael Rispoli and Victor Argo, Household Saints showcases a unique voice in 1990s independent filmmaking.

Household Saints has been digitally restored and remastered by Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) in collaboration with Milestone Films with support from Ron and Suzanne Naples. Restoration Supervisor: Ross Lipman, Corpus Fluxus. Picture Restoration: Illuminate Hollywood. Sound Restoration: Audio Mechanics.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


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4 Star Theater San Francisco 1706677200January 31, 2024
a/perture cinema Winston Salem 1712894400April 12 - April 13, 2024
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1706245200January 26 - January 30, 2024
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1715486400May 12 - May 21, 2024
Austin Film Society Austin 1706677200January 31 - February 3, 2024
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1713672000April 21, 2024
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1704430800January 5 - January 7, 2024
Campus Theatre Lewisburg 1705986000January 23, 2024
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington 1708750800February 24, 2024
Cinestudio Hartford 1713672000April 21, 2024
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1705640400January 19 - January 25, 2024
Hollywood Theatre Portland 1706072400January 24, 2024
IFC Center New York 1705035600January 12 - February 1, 2024
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1715572800May 13, 2024
Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia 1701234000November 29, 2023
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1706850000February 2 - February 8, 2024
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1713499200April 19, 2024
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1710475200March 15, 2024
New Plaza Cinema New York 1708837200February 25, 2024
New Plaza Cinema New York 1711857600March 31, 2024
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1710475200March 15 - March 21, 2024
Revue Cinema Toronto 1705640400January 19 - January 25, 2024
Rivertown Film Society Nyack 1705467600January 17, 2024
SIFF Film Center Seattle 1706850000February 2 - February 4, 2024
Suns Cinema Washington 1710216000March 12, 2024
The Beverly Theater Las Vegas 1706850000February 2 - February 5, 2024
TIFF Lightbox Toronto 1709442000March 3, 2024
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1709269200March 1, 2024