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Night Moves

USA | 2013 | 113 minutes | Kelly Reichardt

Two Oregon-based environmental activists team up with an ex-Marine to plot the bombing of a hydroelectric dam. This patient, moody thriller shines a realist light on radical acts against affluence.

May 23, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 26, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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When it comes to portrayals of individuals facing personal and complex crises amid the challenging face of nature, look no further than filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. The writer-director has crafted absorbing character portraits and stories with Old Joy, Wendy & Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, and now Night Moves. Set in present-day Oregon, the film tells the story of three ardent and enigmatic environmentalists. Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) is an agitated and destructive ex-marine; Dena (Dakota Fanning) is a radical activist who opposes the consumer society that raised her; Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) is an educated, quiet, but militant protector of the planet. Together they embark on a dangerous mission to blow up a local dam. In this engrossing and potent study of those involved with eco-terrorism, Reichardt has created a thorny trifecta of individuals driven by obsession and paranoia, but she refuses to judge her characters. Rather, she lets their blunt and inescapable actions unfold within a nail-biting thriller narrative. Featuring the quiet naturalism evident throughout Reichardt’s body of work, in addition to stark cinematography, Night Moves is a cryptic and tense drama that further cements Reichardt as one of the most significant voices in contemporary American independent cinema.

Director Biography

Florida-born Kelly Reichardt studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and filmed her first feature, Rivers of Grass, in 1994. She is often said to be a part of the modern minimalist movement in film, with a pensive and slow-paced element found in almost all of her works. Reichardt’s 2008 film Wendy and Lucy won the AFI Award for Movie of the Year and the Chicago International Film Festival award for Best Feature.

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Director: Kelly Reichardt
Principal Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Alia Shawkat, James Le Gros
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 113 minutes
Producer: Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim, Rodrigo Teixeira
Screenplay: Kelly Reichardt, Jon Raymond
Cinematographers: Christopher Blauvelt
Editors: Kelly Reichardt
Music: Jeff Grace
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Deauville Film Festival 2013 (Grand Prize), Valladolid International Film Festival 2013 (Best Cinematographer),
Filmography: Meek’s Cutoff (2010); Wendy and Lucy (2008); Old Joy (2006); River of Grass (1994)
Language: English
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Format: DCP
International Sales: The Match Factory
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