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Los Angeles, CA (February 6, 2017) Following its U.S. theatrical monterey media is proud to announce the February 21st Digital Download, DVD & VOD release of Maggie Greenwald's film adaptation of "Sophie and the Rising Sun" starring: Julianne Nicholson (currently starring in the USA Network series "Eyewitness", August: Osage County, Black Mass), Margo Martindale (August: Osage County, Million Dollar Baby, "The Americans", "The Good Wife", "Justified"), Lorraine Toussaint ("Orange is the New Black", Selma, Middle of Nowhere, "Forever"), Takashi Yamaguchi (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Diane Ladd (Joy, Rambling Rose, Wild at Heart, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore). "Sophie and the Rising Sun" is based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh.

"In addition to the beautiful evocation of the time and place, are the wonderful performances of Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, and Lorraine Toussaint. They make it well worth seeing."
- Leonard Maltin

"An affecting, rose-scented study of small-town prejudice and female friendship. The scent of Southern climbing roses mingles with the ugly acridity of small-town racial prejudice in Sophie and the Rising Sun, a safe, gentle-hearted romantic drama that succeeds most winningly as a study of resilient female fellowship. Writer-director Maggie Greenwald... amply exhibits the quiet virtues of feminist empathy and lyricism that have made her voice a much-missed one on the U.S. independent scene. A film that deserves to connect with older, underserved female viewers. Martindale beautifully plays the character's subtle, mostly unspoken re-examination of social allegiance, partnered with exquisite, twice-burnt weariness by the great, eternally underused Toussaint."
- Variety

"Sundance Film Festival: five must-see films"
- The Week

"Strong performances highlight timely period drama 'Sophie and the Rising Sun'. Filmmaker Maggie Greenwald... gives us four supremely gifted performers striking complex notes as women living in comparatively benighted times."
- Los Angeles Times

About "Sophie and the Rising Sun"
Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh

"Sophie and the Rising Sun" Specifications:

Running Time: 105 min

Bonus Features:
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes Interviews

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