Little Miss Sunshine
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Script: Michael Arndt
Producer: Michael Beugg, Jeb Brody
Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt
Editing: Pamela Martin
Music: Mychael Danna, Devotchka
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano
Format: 35mm, COL
Running time: 100'
Meet the Hoovers, everything but a boring American family: father Richard is helplessly optimistic and equally unsuccessful 'speaker', mother Sheryl is constantly exhausted by keeping family secrets, particularly those related to her suicidal brother who has been recently dumped by his lover, the seven year old daughter, heavily short sighted Olive, with thick glasses still wants to become Miss Universe and Dwayne is full of rage, completely into Nietzsche and wants to join the American Air Force. The grandfather is a separate issue; he was thrown out of the retirement home for – doing heroin. What presently does not seem as an image of a desirable, role model family will change when all of them fit in a mini VW bus and set out on a three day trip to California where the youngest, Olive, has her debut on a merciless beauty pageant called Little Miss Sunshine. Or in simple words – they will become happy losers in a crowd of the winning and only winning obsessed nation.
Premiering at Sundance the film made every single person in the audience stand on their feet.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have made their careers working on various innovative projects in different media. They had their own show on MTV, The Cutting Edge, in which they introduced to large audience the bands such as REM and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Two Emmy awards, nine MTV awards and the music award of Billboard were earned by their directing music video clips and documentaries. 'Little Miss Sunshine' is their first feature film.
Location and screening schedule:
matinee: Kino SC, Thursday, October 19th at 11.00
premiere: Kino SC, Thursday, October 19th at 22.30
reprisal: Kino Europa, Friday, October 20th at 16.00