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SPECTACULAR NOW, The

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: James Ponsoldt

"This bittersweet ode to the moment of childhood's end builds quietly to a pitch-perfect finale." – Variety

For Sutter, a charming high-school senior and budding alcoholic, the now is all that matters. It is where he can live in the moment and be the life of the party. But after a post-breakup bender, he meets shy Aimee and the pair forms an unlikely bond, as Sutter pines for his ex and searches for an estranged father.

With strong performances from the young cast, which won a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now dodges cliché to deliver an accessible, powerful and honest coming-of-age story.

"It speaks volumes of this intelligently nuanced and thoroughly warm-hearted feature that the issue of alcohol abuse can be addressed in such a subtle and non-aggressive manner." – The Guardian

D James Ponsoldt P Michelle Krumm, Andrew Lauren, Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty S Scott Neustadter, Michael H Weber Dist The Walt Disney Company TD DCP/2013

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