Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
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Director: Matthew Porterfield
Presented by: Matthew Porterfield
Starring: McCaul Lombardi, Zazie Beetz, Jim Belushi
2017, USA, 102 MIN, DCP
Sollers Point is a story that is uniquely Baltimore, although many of its themes are universal. The film is importantly set around Sollers Point Road, which runs from Holabird Avenue almost to Broening Highway. It is in this stretch of Dundalk that Keith (McCaul Lombardi) once again finds himself. He’s just out of prison and is still under house arrest, living with his Dad (Jim Belushi). He is struggling to adjust to life on the outside as he attempts to get reacquainted with his ex Courtney (Zazie Beetz) and the dog they shared, not to mention his family, the grandmotherly Ladybug (Lynn Cohen) and even some of his buddies.
Director Matt Porterfield has always been fascinated by the details of place, the way filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Vittorio De Sica, Jean-Luc Godard, and John Waters are. In Sollers Point, Porterfield has brought together a stellar group of professional actors and non-professionals who live in the community, all of whom give rare performances. Lombardi (who was recently seen in Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey), anchors almost every scene and is a revelation. But every character counts in this film of intimate moments; take careful note of Marin Ireland (playing Keith’s sister) during her beautiful, gentle moments with Keith.
A great open-hearted spirit and an energetic artistry define this film. Porterfield knows and cares deeply about his characters; he wants the audience to leave the movie wondering about what may come next.
The film premiered at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival, bringing audiences in distant lands the opportunity to get to know Keith and many of the other inhabitants of Sollers Point. We’re proud to finally be able to bring them home to Baltimore. (Jed Dietz)
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