We have reported a bit about the goings on at Sundance in Park City (the dramas with Tracy Morgan and more) but today we have news about a film that is causing a bit of a stir because of its wonderful story and brilliant acting and writing. That film is The Surrogate. Read on for more details about what the film is about and who stars in it.
The film stars the wonderful Helen Hunt, and indie household name, John Hawkes. The story follows a poet, Mark O’Brien, played by the Sundance ‘God’ Mr Hawkes, who is dying of severe polio and has no muscle movement in his body, except for in his head and neck. He decides that before he passes on he wants to lose his virginity so hires a “sex surrogate,” played by Helen Hunt, to help.
Making it even more powerful and poignant, the film is directed by Ben Lewin (an Australian writer and director) who had polio as a child and lost the use of his legs. The film is based on a true story and gives me shivers.
John Hawkes is no stranger to Sundance. Though he’s still not quite a household name, he’s managed to achieve a certain indie ubiquity in Park City over the year’s — featured in 2011′s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and picking up an Oscar nomination for his role in another Sundance favorite, “Winter’s Bone.” This year, he’s back at the festival with “The Surrogate,” which judging from its reception at its premiere this week, looks to be an early contender for next year’s Oscar season.
Even just reading the plot and hearing who is in it makes me so excited for this film. Evidently, everyone at the festival agreed. At the Q&A after the premiere when Lewin approached the stage, with his crutches, he received a roaring standing ovation.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Fox Searchlight bought the rights to the film for $6 million, making it the biggest sale of the festival. I think we should definitely keep our eyes on this one as it is already got Oscar written all over it.