This Friday, August 1, Frozen River will have its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles.  In the following weeks and months, it will begin its rollout to theatres in about 65 other cities across North America. 

Frozen River is a dramatic feature about two women, one white and one Mohawk, who form an uneasy partnership to transport illegal immigrants from Canada into the US via the frozen St. Lawrence River.  The film stars Melissa Leo and Misty Upham, and was written and directed by Courtney Hunt. 

Frozen River screens in New York at the Angelika and at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and in Los Angeles at the Landmark (10850 W Pico Blvd) and at the Edwards Westpark Cinema 8 in Irvine.  It will be seen later in the month in, among other places, Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award, Best Picture, Provincetown Film Festival
Winner, Lena Sharp Award, Seattle International Film Festival
Opening Night Film, New Directors/New Films

“It took my breath away, and then somewhere around the last hour, it put my heart in a vice, and proceeded to twist that vice until the last frame.  All of a sudden, this completely naturalistic movie was one of the most exciting thrillers I’m going to see this year.” – Quentin Tarantino

“Riveting… Melissa Leo gives the performance of a lifetime… independent moviemaking at its best; telling real life, off the grid stories with compassion, skill and honesty.” — Steve Ramos, indieWIRE

“Gripping… Frozen River, with a superb performance by Melissa Leo… opens up a world we rarely see on screen. “  David Ansen, Newsweek

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