Special Jury Prize
Tribeca Film Fest
Autistic teen Ricky lives in Far Rockaway, Queens, and while his family struggles with economic hardship, he faces the difficulties of fitting in at school. When he is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway, embarking on a long underground odyssey among the subway's disparate denizens as his guilt-ridden mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. With Hurricane Sandy lurking menacingly on the horizon, she has precious little time to locate her son.
Filmmaker Sam Fleischner's suspenseful and fascinating drama has been celebrated by The New York Times' Stephen Holden for delivering "as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time… [The film is] completely, exhilaratingly alive." Furthermore, it represents an incredible example of artistic resourcefulness as Fleischner not only managed the practically impossible task of shooting guerrilla-style on the New York subway (releases were signed between stops), but also rolled with the devastation wrought by a natural disaster, masterfully incorporating it into his already fraught narrative.
Directed by Sam Fleischner, U.S.A., 2013, 102 mins. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.Official site Director interview Variety New York Times Village Voice