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World Narrative Competition

World Premiere

USA | 88 MINUTES | English |


Drama, New York, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental illness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to all his troubles, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, testing the limits of his compassionate family as his inner demons begin to close in around him.

First-time writer-director Lou Howe establishes himself as new filmmaking voice of uncommon confidence and talent with this portrait of a young man at the breaking point of his psychological battle. Infused with authenticity and courage, Gabriel is a powerful debut that will resonate long after its haunting final moments.

-Cara Cusumano


Directed by Lou Howe

Lou Howe was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013. His debut feature film, Gabriel, was awarded an Annenberg Feature Film Grant by the Sundance Institute and was one of 10 projects selected for the IFP Narrative Labs. He is a graduate of Harvard and the MFA Directing program at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Lou Howe
Lou Howe
Ben Howe, Luca Borghese
Jane Rizzo
Wyatt Garfield
Executive Producer
Ben Howe, Luca Borghese
Patrick Higgins
Allison Rose Carter
Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O'Connell, Emily Meade, Louisa Krause, Lynn Cohen, Alexia Rasmussen


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Print Source
Luca Borghese
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International Sales Contact
Ben Howe
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Brooklyn, 11222
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Press Contact
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