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Awards


Press

"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 CHARACTERíS 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


"ELEVATED BY FINE PERFORMANCES AND WOLFGANG HELDíS LUSHLY SENSUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY"
- THE NEW YORK TIMES


"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


"WARM, HEARTFELT... THIS LOVELY, EVOCATIVE MOVIE WAS WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THE TALENTED MAGGIE GREENWALD. THE ACTORS ARE SUPERB. THE NUANCED WRITING AND DIRECTION HAVE INSIGHT. THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL PORTRAYALS OF WOMEN IN THE RURAL SOUTH DURING THE WAR ARE PRAISEWORTHY."
- REX REED, NY OBSERVER


"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


"A HIDDEN GEM FROM LAST YEARíS SUNDANCE. THE ACTORS ARE SO GOOD."
- EDWARD DOUGLAS/THE WEEKEND WARRIOR


"AN ELOQUENT, AND BOTH CAPTIVATING AND TERRIFYING STORY. - PRAIRIE MILLER, WBAI RADIO

"A WONDERFUL FILM... TERRIFIC... GREAT PERFORMANCES. ITíS GREAT."
- KPCC FILMWEEK


"THE PERFORMANCES OF JULIANNE NICHOLSON AND TAKASHI YAMAGUCHI ARE REALLY QUITE LOVEY. THEIR CHEMISTRY IS POTENT YET DELICATE-AND ABSOLUTELY NEVER FORCED. MARGO MARTINDALE ALSO GIVES AWARDS CALIBER WORK."
- J.B. SPINS


"OUR FEATURED MOVIE OF THE WEEK. INSIGHTFUL AND TIMELY... HUMANITY AND COMPASSION... EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES BY ALL... BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY... BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCES... SENSITIVE... STUNNING CINEMATOGRAPHY... BEAUTIFULLY SHOT AND GORGEOUSLY ADAPTED... WITH STUNNING PERFORMANCES BY THREE LEADING LADIES, JULIANNE NICHOLSON, MARGO MARTINDALE, AND LORRAINE TOUSSAINT, BREAKING BARRIERS AND DEFYING SOCIETAL NORMS IS EVERYTHING WE NEED TO SEE RIGHT NOW."
- ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS


Synopsis

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 Asian 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. Ohtaís 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

Cast & Crew

Written by:Maggie Greenwald (Screenplay), Augusta Trobaugh (Novel)

Directed by: Maggie Greenwald

Produced by: Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard, Brenda Goodman, Maggie Greenwald

Starring: Independent Spirit Award Nominee, SAG Award Nominee Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County, Black Mass, "Masters of Sex", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Boardwalk Empire", "Eyewitness"), Takashi Yamaguchi (Letters from Iwo Jima), 3 time EMMY Winner, SAG Award Nominee Margo Martindale (August: Osage County, Million Dollar Baby, "The Americans", "The Good Wife", "Justified"), 3 time Academy Award Nominee, Golden Globe Winner; Independent Spirit Award Winner Diane Ladd (Joy, Rambling Rose, Wild at Heart, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), and SAG Award Winner, Independent Spirit Award Nominee Lorraine Toussaint ("Orange is the New Black", Selma, Middle of Nowhere, "Forever")


Julianne Nicholson
Takashi Yamaguchi
Diane Ladd
Lorraine Toussaint
 

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