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"The Surrogate is quickly becoming one of the more crowd-pleasing pics at the fest, picking up a considerable amount of buzz with each screening. The film stars John Hawkes as a paraplegic polio victim who sets out to find a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) wiling to take his virginity. Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to the flick, which also stars William H. Macy."
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As of January 9th, 2012, the feature film The Surrogate was one of only two films sold out at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The festival commences on Thursday January 19th - looking forward to seeing all our friends, family and fans in Park City, UT.
A new feature film for Such Much Films, The Surrogate has been selected for U.S. Dramatic Competition at The Sundance Film Festival 2012. Written and directed by Ben Lewin and produced by Judi Levine, the feature film is an entirely independent production – very much a family affair – which has been brewing since 2006. Inspired by an essay written by Mark O’Brien, the film took off when Oscar-nominee John Hawkes accepted the role of Mark, a man determined to lose his virginity despite spending much of his time inside an iron lung. Heeding the advice of his unconventional priest (William H. Macy), his journey to manhood with Cheryl the sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) unfolds in a most intriguing way.
Here’s the scoop on Sundance... out of over 4,042 feature-length films submitted, only 110 were selected. Of those, only 16 (out of 2,059 films from the US) were selected for US competition.
"This poet’s extraordinary story resonates with the elegance and precision of a poem. No line in The Surrogate is extraneous, no frame accidental. Filmmaker Ben Lewin's masterful brushstrokes endow every character with fullness and authenticity, fashioning rich metaphors and emotional nuance and fusing them into an exquisite, unforgettable awakening."
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NEW YORK TIMES.COM – November 30, 2011 – “Eclectic as Ever, Sundance Unveils Competition Lineup,” mentions THE SURROGATE, by Brooks Barnes
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