EXCLUSIVE: Written and directed by Maggie Greenwald, the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres title Sophie And The Rising Sun tells a story of forbidden love, intolerance and xenophobia. Cinetic is handling sales in Park City and the pic bows Friday afternoon at The Marc.
Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh, Sophie is set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, SC. The story centers on Sophie (Julianne Nicholson), a local who meets and becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta (Takashi Yamaguchi, making his American film debut), a wounded Japanese man who mysteriously appears in town. The two form a friendship over their mutual love of art, which eventually leads to a delicate and illicit courtship. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper, each with their own secrets, risk their lives to save him.
Margo Martindale (The Americans, The Good Wife), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black) and Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) co-star. Greenwald is producing with Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, and Lorraine Gallard.
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