A Bread Factory pt.1: For the Sake of Gold

Patrick Wang
122 minutes


The acclaimed new work from filmmaker Patrick Wang (IN THE FAMILY), featuring a remarkable performance from actress Tyne Daly, is the story of The Bread Factory, a community arts center in the small town of Checkford, told in two films. In part one, after forty years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea (Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry) are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town. Part two revolves around rehearsals for the Greek play Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers.


“My favorite film of the year by far. As of this writing, I’ve seen both parts three times. With each viewing, I notice new things and am more moved by the characters… This film is miraculous, and we are lucky to have it.”
— Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

“A major new work by a singular American artist. A BREAD FACTORY has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare — but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic. Critic’s Pick!”
— Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

“A vibrant and moving drama that’s also an agreeably flaked-out ensemble comedy… It’s as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film… Tyne Daly is formidable.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Variety