EUA, 2003, 107’, 35mm
30th OCTOBER 16H E 21.45H – Sunday
International sales: Homemade Movies
Festivals and Awards: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): McElwee Retrospective (New York), 2005; Shuswap Film Festival, 2005; Pittsburg Film Festival, 2004; Brisbane International Film Festival, 2004; Melbourne International Film Festival, 2004; Seattle International Film Festival, 2004; Goteborg Film Festival, 2004
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2004; Torino Film Festival, 2003; AFI FEST , 2003; Copenhagen International Documentary, 2003; New York Film Festival, 2003; Flanders International Film Festival, 2003; Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2003; Toronto International Film Festival, 2003; États Généraux du Documentaire de Lussas, 2003; Cannes Film Festival - Directors' Fortnight, 2003.
This film describes a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina by a native Carolinian whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as "Bull Durham."
Bright Leaves is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. It's about loss and preservation, addiction and denial. And it's about filmmaking - homemovie, documentary, and fiction filmmaking - as the filmmaker fences with the legacy of an obscure Hollywood melodrama that is purportedly based on his great-grandfather's life.
Bright Leaves explores the notion of legacy - what one generation passes down to the
next - and how this can be a particularly complicated topic when the legacy under discussion is a Southern one and is tied to tobacco.