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Dec 082019
 

GIVE ME LIBERTY

A FREEWHEELING COMEDY WITH HEART, “GIVE ME LIBERTY” FOLLOWS A MEDICAL TRANSPORT DRIVER ON THE LONGEST SHIFT OF HIS LIFE

NOMINATED FOR FOUR 2019 SPIRIT AWARDS

Nominated – John Cassavetes Award

Nominated – Best Male Lead (CHRIS GALUST)

Nominated – Best Supporting Female (LAUREN “LOLO” SPENCER)

Nominated – Best Editing (KIRILL MIKHANOVSKY)

NOMINATED FOR THE GOTHAM AWARDS

Nominated – Best Breakthrough Performance (CHRIS GALUST)

Coming To VOD on January 14

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on January 28

Critics Pick! “Completely, delightfully unpredictable from scene to scene, Give Me Liberty draws you in with its moving performances and blasts of broad comedy!”—Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A wild and ultimately joyous ride.”  -David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 “The debut of a fresh vision of the all-American crowd-pleaser.” -Nick Allen, ROGEREBERT.COM

 

A medical transport driver risks his job when he deviates from his day’s route to shuttle a group of rowdy senior citizens to a funeral, bringing his clients along for the ride in the rambunctious comedy GIVE ME LIBERTY, directed and co-written by Kirill Mikhanovsky, a Russian-born filmmaker who emigrated to Milwaukee after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Medical transport driver Vic (Chris Galust) is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather (Arkady Basin), émigré friends, and a burly Russian boxer (Maxim Stoyanov) to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams.

For GIVE ME LIBERTY, his second feature film following 2006’s Sonhos de Peixe, director/co-screenwriter Mikhanovsky, who graduated from NYU Film School, took inspiration from his own experiences driving a medical transport van back in the ’90s as he pursued his own “American Dream.”

“The American Dream is a big part of the foundation upon which the house of GIVE ME LIBERTY is built. We did a lot of talking about it, we did a lot of musing on the idea, and I think it is this concern for the idealism, the fading of which we lament in America, that this film was made,” says Mikhanovsky. “And I think it came through in a subtle way, that this is part of the palette of America today: we have people from different walks of life, of different colors, of different ages, of different desires, in this small van, shuttling through one of the most segregated places in America, through a turbulent time of an extreme liberal and conservative divide.”

“What we have on that shuttle is just a motley crew of humanity! A motley crew of humanity who finds their common denominator,” he says.

A critical favorite that has garnered an impressive 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, GIVE ME LIBERTY was lauded upon its rollout at this year’s leading festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Cannes International Film Festival and BAMcinemafest.

Following its theatrical release to the U.S.’s top markets, GIVE ME LIBERTY will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu and YouTube). The Blu-ray and DVD carry the suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

Described as a “full blown farce on wheels, a master class in controlled, escalating chaos” by the LOS ANGELES TIMES and as “boisterous and freewheeling” by VARIETY, GIVE ME LIBERTY is one helluva joyride…hop on!

More information on GIVE ME LIBERTY may be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at https://www.musicboxfilms.com/film/give-me-liberty.

 

Give Me Liberty 

Music Box Films Home Entertainment

VOD RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2020

BLU-RAY and DVD Date: January 28, 2020

BLU-RAY and DVD PREBOOK DATE: December 10, 2019

Price: BLU-RAY: $34.95  DVD $29.95

Director/co-screenwriter: Kirill Mikhanovsky

Co-screenwriter: Alice Austen

Cast: Chris Galust, Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Max Stoianov, Steve Wolski, Michelle Caspar, Darya Ekamasova, Ben Derfel

Running Time: 111 min.

Format: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5.1

Rating: NR

Country: USA

Language: English and Russian with English subtitles

Bonus Features*

Q&A with filmmakers and cast from the NY Film Premiere at BAMcinemaFest

Scenes from the Milwaukee Film Premiere

Featurette: Sitting Pretty with Lolo Spencer: Why Representation Matters

16mm performances by Theater Freylekhs Russian Choir

Poster Gallery

On Set Photo Gallery

Illustrated Tree Gallery

Social Media Teasers

Teaser & Theatrical Trailers

 

 

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