Directed by Christina Choe
Sundance Film Festival 2018 US Dramatic
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Authentic performances by an extraordinary cast and exacting, restrained direction by first-time feature filmmaker Christina Choe create a chilling, aching tension as we attempt to anticipate Nancy’s next move. At times morally ambiguous, at times heartbreakingly raw and honest, NANCY presents a female anti-hero for times like ours—when, for better or for worse, posturing and storytelling are the instruments we use to overcome loneliness and desperation.
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Nancy is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust – and what happens when lies become truth. Craving connection with others, Nancy creates elaborate identities and hoaxes under pseudonyms on the internet. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, fact and fiction begin to blur in Nancy’s mind, and she becomes increasingly convinced these strangers are her real parents. As their bond deepens, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief – and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.
Cast Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd,
Crew Director & Screenwriter: Christina Choe
Producers: Amy Lo, Michelle Cameron, Andrea Riseborough
Executive Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Mynette Louie, Rachel Song
Cinematographer: Zoë White
Editor: David Gutnik
Composer: Peter Raeburn
Production Designer: Charlotte Royer
Costume Designer: Tere Duncan
Original Title Nancy
Length 86 mins
Format DCP | Colour | 5.1
US Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films
Sundance Film Festival 2018 (Dramatic Competition, USA)/ Film By The Sea (Netherlands)/ Hamburg Film Festival (Germany)/ Skip City International Film Festival (Grand Prize, Japan)/ Sitges Film Festival (In Competition, Spain)/ BFI London Film Festival (UK)/ Deauville Film Festival (In Competition, France)/ Sundance Hong Kong (Hong Kong)/ CoolConnections (Russia)/ Shanghai International Film Festival (China)/ Oostende Film Festival (Belgium)/ Warsaw Film Festival (Poland)/ Final Girls Berlin Film Festival (Germany)/ Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden)/ Mumbai Film Festival (India)/ ... more to be announced !
"Choe weaves small nuggets of information into a scenario with universal fascination, building up a character – with the help of a fearless Riseborough – who says little but is hard to forget.
Choe makes an impact with this intriguing debut." Screen
"Nancy is a liar, but the trick is, we can’t help but believe her. We want to." IndieWire
"Rare is it that one gets to see a performance as strong as Andrea Riseborough’s in NANCY." The Film Stage
"Complex, gripping and strikingly original, NANCY features a remarkable lead performance from Andrea Riseborough and astonishingly assured writing and direction by Christina Choe, who announces herself as a major talent." Talkhouse
"J. Smith-Cameron exudes a tremulous maternal warmth that feels achingly real, and Steve Buscemi has rarely, if ever, been more touching or subdued. They convey such a vivid sense of these people, their painful shared history and the hushed, haunted life they've rebuilt." The Hollywood Reporter
"Choe has taken a slim scenario and used to touch on universal themes and thoughts of escape and second chances in life. Buscemi is strong as the questioning father figure, while J. Smith-Cameron is warm and open as the mother. " IndieWire
"Andrea Riseborough proves she's one of our great actresses. Bracing and unpredictable." The Village Voice
"NANCY has a tenacious, uncanny power....The story and its implications, even its unrealized possibilities, make it urgent viewing." The New Yorker
"Choe elicits wonderfully expressive, lived-in performances." The Los Angeles Times
"Subtle and effective in nearly every aspect of the film, incredibly Choe’s first." Entertainment Weekly
""NANCY features one of the most finely-crafted anti-heroes in film. An assured and genius debut." The Playlist
"Scene by scene, NANCY is riveting." New York magazine
"A fresh and fascinating watch" BBC America
"NANCY exhibits a seriousness of purpose that’s rare in American movies today." RogerEbert.com
Christina Choe’s short films have screened at dozens of festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival, as well as the Slamdance Film Festival, where her short I Am John Wayne won the Grand Jury Prize for best short film. Choe's honors also include an HBOAccess® Directing Fellowship; an artist residency at The MacDowell Colony; a Sundance Institute Fellowship; and a Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship, which was awarded at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.