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3 Backyards
Directed by
Eric Mendelsohn

USA / 2010 / 88

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
09/30/2010, 7:30PM
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
10/02/2010, 7:00PM
Nearly every sense is called upon to observe and absorb the many layers of meaning in this elusive and nuanced masterwork by Eric Mendelsohn. Set in a preternaturally squeaky-clean seaside suburb, the ordinary lives of three of its residents take unexpected turns.

Driven by an eerily plaintive score and voyeuristic cinematography, “3 Back Yards” blends genuine suspense with brilliant performances; a chameleon-like Edie Falco as Peggy hungers for excitement while dabbling in painting to gloss over a humdrum life. And if divorce is what happens when the conversation ends, then the marriage of world-weary John (Elias Koteas) teeters on the brink of dissolution. Eight-year-old Christina (Rachel Resheff) must guard a precious gift while stumbling upon a disturbing secret.

A treatise on loss? Are “backyards” the underbrush where secrets reside? At times maddeningly subtle, this is a mesmerizing film unafraid to pose possibly unanswerable questions. A “must see!” (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)

Eric Mendelsohn has been working in the New York film industry for the past 20 years. His feature film debut, "Judy Berlin" starring "The Sopranos" Edie Falco, Madeline Kahn, Barbara Barrie, and Julie Kavner was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), won Best Director at Sundance, Best Independent Film at the Hamptons Film Festival and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. His short film "Through An Open Window," starring Anne Meara and Cynthia Nixon, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed festival screenings internationally, was an Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) and garnered him a guest spot on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." His new film, "3 Backyards" premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it garnered the Best Director award making Mendelson the only person in the festival's history to have received the award twice.
Cast/Featuring: Edie Falco, Elias Koteas, Embeth Davidtz, Rachel Resheff
Executive Producer(s): Fred Berner
Producer(s): Rocco Caruso, Eric Mendelsohn, Amy Durning
Director(s): Eric Mendelsohn
Screenwriter(s): Eric Mendelsohn
Cinematographer(s): Kasper Tuxen
Editor(s): Morgan Faust, Jeffrey K. Miller
Composer(s)/Music: Michael Nicholas




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