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Narrative Feature  





Reservation Road
Directed by
Terry George
USA / 2007 / 102 minutes

Screening Times and Venues:
Tinker Street Cinema
10/12/2007, 9:30PM
Rosendale Theater
10/13/2007, 9:45PM
Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road is the compelling new dramatic thriller from two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, Reservation Road follows two fathers as their families and lives converge.

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix), his wife Grace (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly), and their daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) are attending a recital featuring their 10-year-old son Josh (Sean Curley). On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever.

On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) and his 11-year-old son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) are attending a baseball game. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon (Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino), Dwight heads toward his fateful encounter at Reservation Road.

The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan - the only witness - is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives.

Terry George was most recently an Academy Award nominee in the Best Original Screenplay category (with Keir Pearson) for Hotel Rwanda, which he also directed and produced (with Reservation Road producer A. Kitman Ho).

Mr. George earlier received Academy Award and BAFTA and WGA Award nominations for his very first produced script, In the Name of the Father. He adapted the screenplay with director Jim Sheridan from wrongfully imprisoned Irishman Gerry Conlon's autobiography Proved Innocent. The film received six additional Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and its stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, and Pete Postlethwaite, among other honors.

Mr. George made his directorial debut with Some Mother's Son, the drama about the mothers and sons affected by the real-life 1981 hunger strike in Britain protesting the treatment of jailed IRA members.

Before writing and directing films, the Belfast native wrote and produced plays at NYC's Irish Arts Center in the 1980s.

Cast/Featuring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino
Executive Producer(s): Dean M. Leavitt, Gina Resnick
Producer(s): Nick Wechsler, A. Kitman Ho
Director(s): Terry George
Screenwriter(s): John Burnham Schwartz and Terry George(Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz)
Cinematographer(s): John Lindley
Editor(s): Naomi Geraghty
Composer(s)/Music: Mark Isham
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