Archive of films Election / Election

1999, 103 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2005

Tracy Flick is Carrer High School’s smartest student. School elections are coming up. Who will win? A wicked social satire on America, masquerading as a teen comedy.


Tracy Flick is the smartest student in Carver High. Her teacher Mr. McAllister is the most involved teacher at Carver High. School elections are coming up and Tracy Flick is the only one running. After seeing Tracy always winning and doing everything right, Mr. McAllister decides that it is about time to act... He talks another student, Paul, into running against Tracy, who is mortified that Paul is even trying to compete. What’s more, another candidate appears: Tammy, Paul ’s lesbian sister... Who will win the election this year? A wicked social satire on America, masquerading as a teen comedy. “Because films are expensive, it’s like under communism. At a certain point you have to become a party member! And then you try to smuggle your ideas. You can make a good movie under any system. It’s the movies that are just not very intelligent these days.”  (Alexander Payne)

About the director

Alexander Payne (1961, Omaha, Nebraska) studied Spanish History and Literature at Stanford University and later took a film course at UCLA. He debuted as director in 1991 with the medium-length film The Passion of Martin, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. His first full-length film, Citizen Ruth (1996), was presented at the Montreal IFF, where Laura Dern, the film’s star, was awarded Best Actress. Payne’s next film, Election (1998) won numerous prizes for the screenplay and an Oscar nomination for Best Adaptation. In 2002, his film About Schmidt received Golden Globe awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay and was nominated for an Oscar. Payne’s latest film, Sideways, was given an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Films: The Passion of Martin (1992, short), Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Alexander Payne
Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Dir. of Photography: James Glennon, A.S.C.
Music: Rolfe Kent
Editor: Kevin Tent
Producer: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David Gale, Keith Samples
Production: MTV Films, koprodukce/co-production Bona Fide Productions
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Campbell, Chris Klein, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Mark Harelik, Colleen Camp, Frankie Ingrassia, Joel Parks, Matt Malloy, Holmes Osborne, Jeanine Jackson, Loren Nelson
Contact: UIP, MTV Films


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