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Union Square, a Film By Nancy Savoca Opens in Toronto

Edited By Alan Gray, NewsBlaze

Starring Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, Michael Rispoli, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Patti LuPone, "Union Square" opens in Toronto, July 13 at Carlton Cinema, Toronto. Other Canadian cities to follow.

"I was sitting in a coffee shop with producer Neda Armian and screenwriter Mary Tobler. We were venting our frustration at the difficult climate of financing indie films and Neda said, 'Let's just shoot something. Anything. Shoot in my apartment. It's yours! Little did she know that I'd take her up on it." - Nancy Savoca (True Love, Dogfight) director of Union Square

Mira Sorvino Michael Rispoli
Michael Rispoli and Mira Sorvino
Photo: Nancy Savoca
A minimalist, naturalistic gem, Nancy Savoca's Union Square turned heads at the Toronto International Film Festival with its nuanced portrayal of the hurricane of emotions that can roll beneath the calm surface of "perfect" people.

The film - about a serenely well-adjusted about-to-be-married young woman (Tammy Blanchard) whose fašade is shaken by the sudden appearance of her erratic, hard-partying sister (Oscar winner Mira Sorvino) - makes its Canadian theatrical debut in Toronto, at the Carlton Cinema, on July 13, in tandem with its U.S. theatrical release.

Savoca, who acknowledges the influence of the late, legendary John Cassavettes in her devotion to film realism, has been commanding attention since her debut feature, True Love, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. In Union Square, she creates a portrait of two sisters with completely different defence mechanisms in response to their dysfunctional Bronx upbringing (Broadway star Patti Lupone plays their late mother).

Jenny (Blanchard) has honed a sweet, calm, caring persona, as the manager of an organic food outlet, and has estranged herself from the family that knew her when. Lucy (Sorvino) is a flirty shopaholic who wears her neuroses on her sleeve, and comes close to shattering during an affair with a married man.

Jenny's fiancÚ (Mike Doyle), and Lucy's drinking mate Sarah (Daphne Rubin-Vega) bear witness to the truth, as sibling rivalry breaks barriers and pulls away masks within the confines of a meticulously-kept apartment.

Variety magazine praised Union Square's "playfully caricatured performances and great generosity of spirit," and National Post's Nathalie Atkinson called it a "compact but powerful sibling drama."

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