Monday, January 19, 2009

Owl and The sparrow

By L.A. Weekly Film Critics
OWL AND THE SPARROW (Vietnam/USA) Writer-director Stephane Gauger's lovely debut tracks a week in the lives of three young Vietnamese: a flight attendant on holiday, a zoo employee and a 10-year-old runaway. After suffering through multiple-storyline ensemble dramas like Crash and Babel, which resort to convoluted narrative coincidences to drive home humanistic messages, Owl and the Sparrow feels shockingly, refreshingly simple. Unfolding organically and honestly without a thought to making any larger points, the film's look at loneliness and tentative connection is small-scaled but tremendously resonant. Special accolades to child actress Pham Thi Han, who doesn't have a hammy or maudlin bone in her body.

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Owl and the Sparrow awards and nominations
2008 Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - John Cassavetes Award
2007 Nominee, Gotham Awards - Breakthrough DirectorWinner,
Audience Award - Los Angeles Film FestivalWinner,
Best Narrative Feature San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
Dallas Asian Film Festival
San Diego Asian American Film Festival
Winner, NETPAC Award - Hawaii International Film Festival
Winner, Emerging Filmmaker - Starz Denver Film Festival

Owl and the Sparrow opens January 16h in Los Angeles and Orange County and expands the following week to major cities.

Laemmle Sunset 5 - West Hollywood, CA. showtimes: 1:40 4:20 7:15 9:45Q and A with director Stephane Gauger on Friday after the last 2 shows.

Regal Garden Grove 16 - Garden Grove, CaRegal Westpark - Irvine, CAQ and A with director Stephane Gauger on Saturday after the 4:30 and 7:30 pm shows

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