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The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt, USA 2013, 95’
Her Smell Heaven Knows What

Two high school kids, a popular boy and a nerdy girl, a setup so often exploited by American films, rarely makes for truly exciting cinema. James Ponsoldt’s film, however,  is a treat: the iconic high school setting combined with the excellent cast, Sutter as interpreted by the skilled Miles Teller and Aimee Finicky played by the superb Shailene Woodley ( The Descendants), work wonders in a movie that is  more bitter than most American films about teen angst. Ponsoldt also revisits the issue of alcoholism that he previously took on in  Smashed. He avoids  moralizing or  diagnosing, opting instead for a view of a particularly difficult time of growing up so frequently examined by Gus van Sant. Directed with an unusually subtle touch, this film may join the  canon of coming-of-age stories.

awards

Seattle IFF 2013 - Futurewave Youth Jury Award; Sundance FF 2013 - Special Jury Prize

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James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt (b. 1978 in Athens GA) received a BA from Yale and  an MFA from Columbia University. His shorts and his feature debut,  Off the Black (starring Nick Nolte), have screened at over one hundred international festivals,  including Sundance, Tribeca, and Edinburgh.

Selected filmography

2003 Coming Down the Mountain

2006 Off the Black

2008 We Saw Such Things

2012 Smashed

2013 Cudowne tu i teraz / The Spectacular Now    

Cast & Crew

director James Ponsoldt
screenplay Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Tim Tharp
cinematography Jess Hall
editing Darrin Navarro
music Rob Simonsen
cast Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
producer Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy
production 21 Laps Entertainment
sales The Walt Disney Company (Polska)
language English
coloration colour
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