In this quirky fable, the unexpected onset of a middle-age crisis leads a rigidly punctual electrical engineer to a timeless place where he learns that there is indeed life without deadlines. Al Fountain’s (MIFF Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree John Turturro) epiphany comes while he is overseeing the construction of a windshield-wiper plant in Drip Rock, Tennessee. Rigid, hyper-punctual (his wife in New York could set her watch by the consistently precise timing of his nightly phone calls) and humorless, Al starts to see the world moving in reverse and, without really knowing why, decides to remain in Drip Rock for a while. Helping a stranded motorist named The Kid (Sam Rockwell), as loose as Al is tight, time is about to change direction for Al in this inspired, brilliant, and yup, magical film.
Box of Moonlight
Sponsored by Jeff Matranga & Jeri Wilson
U.S.A./Japan 1997 – Digital Projection – 112 Minutes
Director, Screenplay, Print courtesy: Tom DiCillo
Producers: Marcus Viscidi, Thomas A. Bliss
Cast: John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount