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Maggie Greenwald's Sophie and the Rising Sun Starts February 3rd in NYC

Director: Maggie Greenwald (NYWIFT Member)
Co-Producer: Susan Lazarus (NYWIFT Member)

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Starts: February 3, 2017
Where: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, New York
Run Time: 105 minutes
Ticket Cost: $15 Adult / $12 Senior or NYWIFT members / $8 Child
There will be a Q&A including star Margo Martindale and director Maggie Greenwald at the Friday evening show (February 3rd) kicking off the theatrical run.  

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“In addition to the beautiful evocation of the time and place, are the wonderful performances of Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, and Lorraine Toussaint. They make it well worth seeing.” – Leonard Maltin

“An affecting, rose-scented study of small-town prejudice and female friendship. The scent of Southern climbing roses mingles with the ugly acridity of small-town racial prejudice in Sophie and the Rising Sun, a safe, gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship. Writer-director Maggie Greenwald… amply exhibits the quiet virtues of feminist empathy and lyricism that have made her voice a much missed one on the U.S. independent scene. A film that deserves to connect with older, underserved female viewers. Martindale beautifully plays the character’s subtle, mostly unspoken re-examination of social allegiance, partnered with exquisite, twice-burnt weariness by the great, eternally underused Toussaint.” - Variety

“Sundance Film Festival: five must-see films” – The Week 


| Writer, Director, Producer Maggie Greenwald is an award-winning filmmaker who began her career as a picture and sound editor. Her first film, Home Remedy screened at the Munich, London and Torino Film Festivals before opening at the prestigious Film Forum in New York. Her next film, in 1987 The Kill-Off, a noir thriller based on a novel by Jim Thompson, appeared at film festivals around the world including Sundance (in Dramatic Competition), Munich (opening night, American Independent section), London, Florence, Deauville, Toronto and Edinburgh before winning the Best Director Award at the Torino Film Festival. The film is acknowledged by the British Film Institute as one of the “100 Best American Independents.” Greenwald’s acclaimed, groundbreaking Western, The Ballad of Little Jo, was released worldwide by Fine Line Features and Polygram Filmed Entertainment in 1993. It won an Independent Spirit Award. Inspired by early country ballads, Greenwald subsequently wrote and directed her music-based drama, Songcatcher. The film premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2000 where it garnered a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance. The film was the opening night selection of the Hamptons Film Festival and received the first Sloan Foundation Award, Deauville Film Festival Audience Award, two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a GLAAD Award nomination. In 2013 Greenwald directed the teen film The Last Keepers, starring Zosia Mamet, Aidan Quinn, Virginia Madsen and Olympia Dukakis. In 2002 Greenwald was awarded the Dorothy Arzner Award from the Director’s View Film Festival.


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