Unhook the Stars

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival in Tokyo


Nick Cassavetes, whose father is John is an icon in the world of independent film, makes his directorial debut, starring his actress mother Gena Rowlands (who received the Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994) and co-starring Marisa Tomei (who received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "My Cousin Vinny" (92)), as well as internationally famous French actor Gerard Depardieu. "Mothers are the architects of society, but they're all too often abandoned once their function is complete." says Cassavetes. With that thought in mind, he depicts the life of a middle-aged woman facing both internal and external crossroads.

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