21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024 Globe Cinema

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024 Globe Cinema

Thelma: Closing Film

United States, 2024: 97 minutes: Canadian Premiere
In Cinema Globe Cinema
April 28 6:30 PM Buy
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sun, Apr 28 6:30 PM Buy


When 93-year-old Thelma Post gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, she sets out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her.

A story exploring aging, family, and autonomy (and uniquely inspired by action movies like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) – THELMA is based on a real-life experience of writer/director Josh Margolin’s grandmother, and marks June Squibb’s first leading film role of her 70+ year career. Squibb, who did most of her own stunts, plays the feisty grandmother who demonstrates that she is more than capable of taking care of business – despite what her family might believe. The poignant action-comedy is rounded out with an A-list cast including Fred Hechinger (THE WHITE LOTUS), Parker Posey (DAZED AND CONFUSED), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson in various Marvel movies), and the final performance of trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree (SHAFT).

Sundance 2024

Josh Margolin is a writer, director, editor, and actor. He co-wrote, edited, and starred in the absurdist horror-comedy DEEP MURDER, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2018 and ran theatrically before streaming on Paramount+. Previously, he co-created the digital series MY BOYFRIEND IS A ROBOT for Freeform. THELMA is Margolin’s feature directorial debut.

press for Thelma: Closing Film

"Sincere and sensitive ... Writer-director Josh Margolin ingeniously tweaks action- and crime-movie clich├ęs to tell this rather quaint little story."
- Vanity Fair
"Bolstered by some cheeky action tropes, including twists, chases, gunplay, and even an explosion, THELMA is more than a winsome romp. It's a real thrill."
- Mashable


Narrative / Comedy / Action / Adventure / First Feature

97 minutes


Josh Margolin

Zoë Worth
Chris Kaye
Nicholas Weinstock
Benjamin Simpson
Karl Spoerri
Viviana Vezzani

Josh Margolin

David Bolen

June Squibb
Fred Hechinger
Richard Roundtree
Parker Posey
Clark Gregg
Malcolm Mcdowell

Nick Chuba


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