Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Frozen River

I've been very busy this past week and I haven't had time to blog about Sundance. Basically, the films at this year's festival were very strong. We saw 6 films, one animated short, and attended a screenwriters workshop. We met the director of each film after each screening, and we met the cast members from 4 of the 6 films.

The films we saw include; American Son, Under the Bombs, Momma's Man, North Starr, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (Documentary), and Frozen River (which won the Top Prize for Best Dramatic film).

RW and I both loved Frozen River, in a nutshell, it's the story of two women, a single mother of two and a Mohawk Indian girl. Both are desperate and struggling to make ends meet. They become acquainted under unforunate circumstances and team up to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada.

It's one hell of a film and obviously we weren't the only ones who loved it. Sony Pictures Classics purchased Frozen River for less than $1 million, and Quentin Tarantino raved about the film stating that it's ''a wonderful depiction of poverty in America.''

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