2010 / Color / USA / 84 Mins
Directed by: Mike Ott
When her car breaks down on a site-seeing tour of California, a Japanese student winds up stranded in a small desert town.
Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay and finds friendship, romance, and what promises to be a new home. But as she pulls back the layers on this unlikely paradise, she discovers a different America than the one in her dreams.
•WON - 2011 Spirit Award for "Acura Someone to Watch."
•WON - 2010 Gotham Award for "Best Movie Not Playing in a Theatre Near You."
•WON - 2010 AFI Fest - Audience Award
•WON - 2010 Reykjavik International Film Festival - Audience Award
THE ROYAL, Toronto: Opens April 8th
Friday April 8th @ 9:15pm
Saturday April 9th @ 7:45pm
Sunday April 10th @ 4:15pm and 9:30pm
Monday April 11th @ 9pm
Tuesday April 12th @ 9:15pm
Projection Booth, Toronto: Aug 9 & 10
Tuesday August 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 10 @ 9:30 p.m.
Broadway Theatre - Saturday, 17 - 25 September, 2011
Edmonton International Film Festival - Sunday, 25 September, 2011
"Really bad things often seem on the verge of happening in Littlerock – physical violence, rape, maybe even murder – but they never do. Because that would imply energy and exertion, and Littlerock, the California desert town, pop. 12,600, that gives this quietly arresting film its name, isn’t much on action of any kind, ‘cept partying."
- Globe and Mail
"Ott’s knack for telling observations and beguiling ambiguities make him a director to watch."
- Eye Weekly
"Writer-director Ott captures the bored-townie vibe so well, you’ll be squirming in your seat. It brings unexpected poignancy to his story of young people trying to get past language and culture barriers – and just communicate."
- Now Magazine
"Throughout Littlerock, which is Lost in Translation set in California, the characters talk to one another but they don’t understand a single word. They can only imagine what the other person is saying.
It’s what makes the interactions in writer/director Mike Ott’s indie drama so delightful, so fascinating and so sad."
- National Post
"A nicely pitched filmic playlet on how others see us, Littlerock puts Middle America under a microscope and breathes life into the mundane."
- Toronto Sun