Archive of films Big River / Big River
USA / Japan
2005, 105 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Soon after he lands in America, Ali, a middle-aged Muslim from Pakistan, begins his search for his lost wife. On the road he picks up a young Japanese traveller hitchhiking across America and a local girl, who both help him in his quest… A road-movie from the American Southwest with three unusual characters and stunning cinematography.
Soon after he lands in America, Ali, a middle-aged Muslim man from Pakistan, begins his search for his wife, Nadia. On the road he picks up Teppei, a young Japanese traveller hitchhiking across America, and Sarah, a local trailer park girl, who both help him in his quest. There are a lot of misunderstandings along the way, given that three people are thrown together with quite different personalities, and from different cultural backgrounds. Nevertheless, the bizarre trio manages to find Nadia who, to Ali’s dismay, is living a new life in Phoenix with another man… A road movie from the American Southwest with three highly unusual characters and stunning cinematography.
About the director
Atsushi Funahashi (b. 1963, Osaka) studied film in Tokyo. He has directed several documentaries for NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, on social and cultural issues in New York City. Along with his work as a filmmaker, he writes for various Japanese film magazines. In 1999 Atsushi Funahashi started a production company in New York with Alyssa Jo Black and Eric van den Brulle. Following his debut Echoes (Karlovy Vary 2001), Big River (2005) is his second feature.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Atsushi Funahashi, Eric van den Brulle|
|Dir. of Photography:||Eric van den Brulle|
|Producer:||Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida, Shozo Ichiyama|
|Production:||Big River Films|
|Cast:||Joe Odagiri, Kavi Raz, Chloe Snyder|
|Contact:||Big River Films|