IAR Screens 'Margaret'

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:28 Written by  Dana Feldman
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IAR Screens 'Margaret'

Fox Searchlight Pictures along with Camelot Pictures are set to release Margaret on Friday, September 30th to limited platform release.  With a stellar cast that includes Anna Paquin (True Blood), Allison Janney (The Help), Matthew Broderick (Tower Heist), Matt Damon (Contagion), Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), the film centers on a seventeen year-old New York City high school student, Lisa Cohen (played by Paquin), who is convinced that she has inadvertently played a role in a bus accident in Manhattan’s Upper West Side that caused a woman’s horrific death.

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, which was nominated for two Academy Awards), and produced by the late director Sydney Pollack (Three Days of the Condor), Gary Gilbert and Scott Rudin with the late director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as executive producer, the film takes the audience along on the tumultuous journey as she tries to make things right.  Met with opposition at every turn as she takes legal action against the bus driver (Ruffalo), she is torn apart with guilt as revelations about telling the truth in the real world prove frustrating and disappointing.

As she emotionally brutalizes anyone and everyone in her path, herself included, she is confronted with the unavoidable truth that her vernal ideals are at odds with the realities of the adult world in which she lives.

Rounding out the cast are J. Smith-Cameron (Mighty Aphrodite), Jean Reno (Ronin) and Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid).  Margaret explores how one’s life can change in an instant, causing irreparable damage with ripple effects that reach far and wide. 

The film’s title comes from the Margaret in the poem “Spring and Fall:  To a Young Child” by 19th century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, which is alluded to briefly in one of Lisa’s classes.

Originally scheduled for release in 2007 by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the film was delayed while Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Thelma Schoonmaker edited a final cut which was approved by Lonergan.   This film is Rated R with a run time of 149 minutes.

Margaret opens in limited release on Friday, September 30th.

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