Dito Montiel (The Son of No One) takes a refreshing direction with his latest film, Boulevard, a subtle and moving drama following a devoted husband and dutiful bank employee who begins to confront his own secrets. What starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering decision for the curious Nolan Mack (Robin Williams). For many years, Nolan and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. When he meets a troubled young man named Leo (Roberto Aguire) on his drive home, Nolan finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life. Robin Williams gives an adept performance as the enlightened but unraveling Nolan. Montiel’s seasoned direction builds just the right amount of tension between the players and their now questionable relationships.
Dito Montiel is an American author, screenwriter, director, and musician. After adapting his best-selling book of the same name into a screenplay, Montiel made his directorial debut with the film version of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that same year, where it won the Special Jury Prize and the Director’s Award, as well as accolades at the Venice Film Festival and Independent Spirit Awards. Boulevard is Dito’s fifth feature film as a director.