Part of the series The Contenders 2016

Lion, and Q&A with Dev Patel, Garth Davis, Luke Davies & Greig Fraser

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The indomitability of the human spirit is a recurrent theme in some of the best-loved films in cinema history. Garth Davis's Lion updates the against-all-odds genre for the 21st century by reminding us that, no matter how far technology brings us, it is the heart that propels us forward. Based on the experiences of Saroo Brierley (as recounted in his nonfiction book A Long Way Home) and featuring moving performances by Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and the astonishing newcomer Sunny Pawar as a five-year-old Saroo lost on a train hurtling hundreds of miles away from the family he loves, Lion is a five-hanky triumph.

A Q&A with actor Dev Patel, director Garth Davis, writer Luke Davies, and cinematographer Greig Fraser follows the screening.

See all films in The Contenders 2016 series.


$12 General Admission 
$8 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash or check only)
Food and Drink: Enjoy happy hour in our open courtyard café, AMMO at the Hammer beginning at 4 p.m. Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. 
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

The Hollywood Reporter is the Official Media Sponsor of The Contenders.