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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

THE EXPLODING GIRL

Directed by Bradley Rust Gray
FEATURE NARRATIVE 79 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE EXPLODING GIRL

Cherubic college student Ivy (tenderly played by Zoe Kazan) is back home in Brooklyn for summer break with her longtime platonic guy pal Al (Mark Rendall) in tow. Ivy is a wholesome and balanced college kid who has epilepsy but keeps her condition at bay as long as she manages her emotions. As the hot New York summer melts on, Ivy plays phone tag with her boyfriend Greg, but when they do awkwardly connect, each long pause reveals their growing distance. Meanwhile, she spends more time with Al. As the lines of friendship begin to blur, we wonder how long Ivy (her name itself implying that something is growing) will be able to keep all that is boiling up inside from spilling over.

Writer/director Bradley Rust Gray skillfully composes this delicate and honest portrait of a young woman at a threshold by balancing rich and observational cinematography by Eric Lin with the exquisitely resonant performances of Kazan and Rendall. The Exploding Girl, produced with his partner So Yong Kim (Treeless Mountain), is a nuanced and inspired addition to Gray's flourishing body of work.

Drama
About the Director(s)

Bradley Rust Gray (b. 1971, Kettering, Ohio) works in partnership with his wife So Yong Kim. He produced her films Treeless Mountain and In Between Days. Prior to producing these films, Gray directed the Icelandic feature film Salt. Gray has master's degrees from USC and the British Film Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    79 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Maryann Urbano
  • Director:
    Bradley Rust Gray
  • Screenwriter:
    Bradley Rust Gray
  • Producer:
    Karin Chien, So Yong Kim, Ben Howe
  • Director of Photography:
    Eric Lin

Contacts
  • Sales Contact
    Memento Films International
    Memento Films International
    6 Cite Paradis Paris, 75010
    Phone: + 33 1 53 34 90 20
    sales@memento-films.com
  • Sales Contact
    Marion Klotz
    Memento Films International
    6 CITE PARADIS PARIS, 75010
    Phone: +33 1 53 34 90 20
    festival@memento-films.com
  • Technical Contact
    Josie Diels
    Soandbrad
    279 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11238
    soandbrad@yahoo.com
  • Technical Contact
    So Yong Kim
    Soandbrad
    279 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11238
    soandbrad@yahoo.com
  • Sales Contact
    Memento Films International
    Memento Films International
    6 Cite Paradis Paris, 75010
    Phone: + 33 1 53 34 90 20
    sales@memento-films.com
  • Sales Contact
    Marion Klotz
    Memento Films International
    6 CITE PARADIS PARIS, 75010
    Phone: +33 1 53 34 90 20
    festival@memento-films.com
  • Technical Contact
    Josie Diels
    Soandbrad
    279 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11238
    soandbrad@yahoo.com
  • Technical Contact
    So Yong Kim
    Soandbrad
    279 Sterling Place Brooklyn, NY 11238
    soandbrad@yahoo.com

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