BFI FLARE Opening Night Film - My Days of Mercy

2018 marks the 32nd LGBT Film Festival from BFI Flare. The festival will run from 21 March to 1 April at the BFI Southbank.

Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy opens the Festival on Wednesday 21 March. Powered by stirring performances from Ellen Page (Juno, Inception & Freeheld) and Kate Mara (House of Cards, The Martian). Lucy (Ellen Page), the daughter of a man who is on death row, falls in love with Mercy (Kate Mara), a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is teste as her world begins to unravel.

My Days of Mercy is director Shalom-Ezer’s follow up to Princess is a poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and opposing political views. It also features Amy Seimetz as Martha Morrow (Lucy’s sister) and Elias Koteas as Simon Morrow.

My Days of Mercy is written by BAFTA-nominated British writer Joe Barton (The Ritual & iBoy) and the film is produced by Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Christine Vachon (Killer Films) and David Hinojosa.


Kate and Ellen in My Days of Mercy“Sisters Lucy (Ellen Page) and Martha Morrow (Amy Seimetz) are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favour of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy spots Mercy (Kate Mara), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.

Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. But eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father (Elias Koteas) was convicted of murder and now waits on death row. Can Lucy and Mercy overcome their intense differences, or will these differences consume them?”

Michael Blyth, BFI Flare’s Senior Programmer says:

“It’s a pleasure to open this year’s Festival with My Days of Mercy, Tali Shalom-Ezer’s politically resonant and emotionally astute drama. This is bold and provocative filmmaking, featuring captivating performances from both Kate Mara and Ellen Page, the latter of whom continues to show such inspiring commitment to telling LGBT stories on screen.”

Can't wait to see Ellen Page & Kate Mara? Then check out Tiny Detectives!

Tiny Detectives starring Ellen Page

This isn’t the first time Ellen Page and Kate Mara have worked together. In 2014 they starred alongside each other in Tiny Detectives.

If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you can watch Tiny Detectives now:

A parody of True Detective about two short, female detectives.

Top festival tip

Realistically, knowing how popular the opening film normally is, plus the addition of Ellen Page – if you want a ticket to this screening you will need to sign up as a member. In addition to being able to buy your tickets from 28 February (a whole week before general ticket release, you will also save money on every ticket you buy for the festival). Details about membership are available at the bottom of this article.

The full festival programme

The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here, but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package. 

About Killer Films

Killer Films is a New York City-based independent film company founded by movie producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler in 1995, and was also behind 2015 film, Carol

Tali Shalom EzerAbout Tali Shalom Ezer

Tali Shalom Ezer is an Israeli filmmaker, writer, and director, best known for her debut feature, Princess which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Dramatic Competition

About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England


  • Champions can book tickets from 27 February (from 11:30)
  • Members can book tickets from 28 February (from 11:30)
  • General Public can book tickets from 5 March (from 11:30)

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