The Listener

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Steve Buscemi returns to directing with a phone-based drama where Beth, a helpline volunteer, spends endless nights listening to the thoughts and feelings of the lonely, broken, hopeless and worried. Conceived during the peak of the recent pandemic, the film's premise recalls the loneliness and social breakdown of the time of covid isolation while Tessa Thompson’s mesmerizing performance brings to life the “other side” of a help hotline, the daily – and nightly – routine and personal challenges of a social worker.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Steve Buscemi
Script: Alessandro Camon
Cinematography: Anka Malatynska
Editing: Kate Williams
Sound: Kirbie Seis
Music: Aska
Actors: Logan Marshall-Green, Derek Cecil, Margaret Cho, Blu Del Barrio, Ricky Velez, Alia Shawkat, Jamie Hector, Casey Wilson, Bobby Soto, Rebecca Hall
Production: Olive Productions
Producers: Wren Arthur, Steve Buscemi, Oren Moverman, Lauren Hantz, William Stertz, Sean O’Grady, Tessa Thompson
Co-producers: Billy Mulligan, Kat Barnette, Joyce Pierpoline
Costumes: Bic Owen
Production Design: Mboni Maumba
Executive producer: John Hantz, Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, Suzanne Warren
Make Up: Kristina Frisch
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 96΄
Contact: Bankside Films

Steve Buscemi

is an actor, writer, director and producer. The Listener is Buscemi’s fifth feature as a director, previous credits being Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, Interview, and Lonesome Jim. Buscemi is known for acting in such films as Reservoir Dogs,


Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Death to Stalin. He starred in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which garnered him a Golden Globe® Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy® nominations. TV credits including The Sopranos, which earned him Emmy® and DGA Award nominations, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Love. He currently co-stars opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the TBS anthology series, Miracle Workers.


1996 Trees Lounge
2000 Animal Factory 
2005 Lonesome Jim
2007 Interview
2022 The Listener