New immigration film "Frozen River" sounds worth checking out

Opening this week at Opera Plaza cinemas in San Francisco...

Filmed in sub-zero weather in upstate New York, writer/director Courtney Hunt's award-winning debut feature "Frozen River" is set in a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between New York State and Quebec, where the lure of fast money presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be making minimum wage. Strapped for money and having been deserted by her husband, working class Ray (Melissa Leo) reluctantly teams up with Lila (Misty Upham), a widowed Mohawk Indian, to smuggle illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River from Canada to the U.S. in the trunk of a Dodge Spirit. Both women swear each trip will be their last, but one final run across the river leads to a showdown with the law on all sides. Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Academy Award nominee for Best Actress (Leo) and Best Original Screenplay. Official Web Site

Courtney Hunt

Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Junior, Charlie McDermott, James Reilly, Dylan Carusona, John Canoe, Jay Klaitz

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