Mississippi Grind

About

YEAR 2014

SECTION Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 108 min

Gerry is a talented poker player, but his gambling habit is getting the best of him. One day, he meets a charismatic young traveler named Curtis. Deeming Curtis his lucky charm, Gerry convinces him that they should hit the road together. As they gamble their way down South toward a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans, the trip’s highs and lows unveil the duo’s true character and motivation, and an undeniable bond forms between them.

Writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck return to the Sundance Film Festival (Half Nelson, Sugar) with an intoxicating story of compulsive gamblers that flawlessly captures the seedy world of small-time losers and dreamers. The film’s atmosphere of frenzied hope and paranoia at the various racetracks, bars, and casinos is suffused with an evocative soundtrack and enlivened by two pitch-perfect performances. Ryan Reynolds shines as the confident, jocular Curtis. But the film’s true revelation is Ben Mendelsohn, who, as Gerry, is finally given a leading role in an American film and crushes it. Mississippi Grind instantly joins the classic canon of films about gambling. —T.G.

EMAIL katie@electriccityent.com

COMPANY Electric City Entertainment

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Artist Bio

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have collaborated as a filmmaking team since 2002, when they began co-writing and directing short films and documentaries. Their first two features, Half Nelson and Sugar, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Half Nelson garnered several Gotham and Spirit awards, and Ryan Gosling received SAG and Academy Award nominations for his performance. Sugar went on to receive Gotham and Spirit Award nominations, and an AFI Award.

Their third film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, based on the young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, premiered at TIFF in 2010 and was released by Focus Features later that year. In addition to their features, Boden and Fleck have directed shows for HBO and Showtime. They return to the Sundance Film Festival to premiere their latest film, Mississippi Grind.>/i>

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