Frozen River: Sundance Film Fest Winner

Sundance Film Fest 2008 Preview (Dramatic Competition)–Courtney Hunts deeply emotional first feature,” Frozen River,” is a realistic look at the world of human smuggling and the difficult choices facing poor, single mothers.

Two days before Christmas in rural upstate New York, Ray Eddys husband has left her in an impossible situationnot only is he gone, but he has gambled away all of the familys meager savings. Rays single wage at the Yankee One Dollar Store cant make the house payment, and the situation forces Ray to feed her two sons popcorn and Tang.

When Ray strikes out to search for her husband, she encounters Lila Littlewolf, a tough, street-smart Mohawk woman who is dealing with her own struggle to make ends meet. But Lila has found a way to do itsmuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S. The tribal elders disapprove and attempt to stop Lila by forbidding anyone to sell her a car. Ray has a car, and although the two women dont trust each other, they team up and share Rays Dodge Spirit to make a run across the frozen St. Lawrence River.

An atmospheric film, with outstanding performances by Melissa Leo and Misty Upham, “Frozen River” is ultimately about the strength that resides in family and the way hope in a dire situation can be uncovered by courage and trust.

Credits

Running Time: 97 Minutes
Color

Director-Screenwriter: Courtney Hunt
Exp: Charles S. Cohen, Donald Harwood
Pr: Heather Rae, Chip Hourihan
Camera: Reed Dawson Morano
Editor: Kate Willams
Prd: Inbal Weinberg
Music: Peter Golub, Shahzad Ali Ismaily

Cast

Melissa Leo
Misty Upham
Charlie McDermott
Michael OKeefe
Mark Boone Jr.