The major motion picture, WONDERSTRUCK, in which Garrett plays a featured role, will go into limited release on October 20 and open nationwide in November. Directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I'm Not There, Carol) and based on the book by Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), the film stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. In a groundbreaking, unprecedented feat, the film features seven Deaf actors in lead and featured roles, six of whom play hearing characters. The film recently opened the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France (click link for more information from the Cannes website), receiving rave reviews and major awards buzz (see links to articles below). Currently, it is rapidly booking slots in other festivals around the world, including being named the Centerpiece title of the New York Film Festival this fall (September 30 to October 16). The official teaser trailer, as well as a brief scene from the film, can also be viewed below.
Initial Praise and Buzz out of Cannes for Wonderstruck:
- Daily Telegraph - "...a cosmic undertaking, and the film’s finest sequences reach for the skies, achieving something like a Haynes-Spielberg alchemy in their consoling tenderness."
- Gold Derby - "...a strong Oscar contender..."
- Hollywood Reporter - "Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory."
- IndieWire - "This movie will play for both smart adults and kids. But it will really play for the Academy, which will appreciate its visual and aural sophistication."
- Time - "Wonderstruck embraces so many shimmery, evanescent ideas, it’s a marvel that any one picture—let alone one you can take your kids to—can hold them. This is a romance of New York City, a love letter to the pleasure of making anything by hand (with paper or paint or even, possibly, film), a story of finding the place where you belong, and of finding your way to the people who understand you."
- USA Today - "...likely awards contender..."
- Vanity Fair - "The film is a mighty thing to behold, offering up a lush visual and aural landscape that is frequently breathtaking."
- Variety - "...casts a spell..."
- Vox - "Gorgeous, moving, and innovatively told...a magical fairytale..."