The Vigil

Friday, February 26 - Thursday, March 18, 2021

Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, THE VIGIL is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.

All screenings of THE VIGIL feature an exclusive video introduction from director Keith Thomas, recorded to welcome back audiences to IFC Center for our reopening. Watch a compilation of highlights from all the filmmaker intros we received here.

Included with the IFC Center At Home screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with director Keith Thomas, immediately following the film. Additionally, IFC Center At Home presentations of THE VIGIL screen with the short film MARQUEE (2013, 4 min, dir. Joe Stankus): a lyrical black-and-white visit with now-retired logtime IFC Center usher Larry Alaimo as he changes the letters on the theater’s iconic marquee and reminisces about a life at the movies

  • Country USA
  • Year 2021
  • Running Time 90 minutes
  • Director Keith Thomas
  • Writer Keith Thomas
  • Producer Raphael Margules, JD Lifshitz, Adam Margules
  • Cast Dave Davis, Fred Melamed, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen
  • Accessibility Closed Captioning