THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THE SCREENING WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED. Logline: A melodrama chronicling seven increasingly troublesome days in the life of a woman attempting to share good news. Our take: Roger Hayn’s “Congratulations Debby” is a fascinating deep dive into the strange behavior of a middle aged woman who claims to be 22 weeks pregnant. The film is quite the 180 degree turn from Hayn’s previous short, “Introducing: Bobby,” a highly personal portrait of a troubled young man attending a “Survivor” audition call in Atlantic City. The new film, shot in crisp black and white and wonderfully composed, takes place over the course of seven days, each introduced by a full-screen horoscope vaguely promising ‘new beginnings,’ or ‘communication difficulties.’ Indeed the film is characterized by communication problems. Debby can’t get her sister or children to answer her phone calls. She’s ignored, avoided, scoffed at, by neighbors, the pharmacist, acquaintances at the beauty parlor. The only person by her side is her husband, Michael, who doesn’t speak and can’t take care of himself. As the days add up, we begin to grasp that Debby’s world is different from those around her - she has different memories, different understandings, and it begs the question: is anything she says true? Does she even have kids or a sister; how could she be pregnant at her age? The film is a bit of a puzzle - information is doled out incrementally, and can never been fully verified. Accordingly, the film shifts tones several times throughout, and lands on a harrowing third act where Debby desperately tries to track down several members of her family, or any last shred of dignity. (76 minutes). Director: Roger Hayn. Writers: Roger Hayn and Theo Nobel. Starring: Jennifer Dorr White, J Dixon Byrne, Theodore Bouloukos. Cinematographer: Robert Orlowski. Music: Haley Fohr (of Circuit des Yeux). Sound Design: Russell Gorsky. Editing: Roger Hayn. Associate Producer: Alexander Yan.