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Frozen River

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Original title
Frozen River
Running time
97 min.
United States United States
Courtney Hunt
Peter Golub, Shahzad Ali Ismaily
Reed Morano
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Sony Pictures Classics
Drama | Immigration. Small Town Life (North-american). Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
Two days before Christmas in rural upstate New York, Ray Eddy’s husband has left her in an impossible situation—not only is he gone, but he has gambled away all of the family’s meager savings. Ray’s single wage at the Yankee One Dollar Store can’t make the house payment, and the situation forces Ray to feed her two sons popcorn and Tang every day. 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 it—smuggling illegal immigrants into the States. 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 don’t trust each other, they team up and share Ray’s Dodge Spirit to make a run across the frozen St. Lawrence River.
2008: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Leading Actress (Melissa Leo), Original Screenplay
2008: National Board of Review: Best Director novel, Spotlight Award (Melissa Leo)
2008: New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best First Film. 2 Nominations
2008: Sundance Film Festival: Best Movie
2008: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Actress (Melissa Leo) (ex-aequo)
2008: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Runner Up for Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
2008: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2008: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nominations
2008: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Actress (Leo). Producers Award. 7 Nominations
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nom. Best Actress (Leo) & Most Promising Filmmaker
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