The Immigrant

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USA / France, 2013


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directed by
James Gray

English, Polish





It is the year 1921. Longing for a new beginning in the American dreams Ewa Sibulski and her sister Magda board the ship for New York and leave their native Poland. When the emigrants are disembarked and crammed at Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is sick and sisters are separated. Ewa is left to dangerous and greedy New York streets, while Magda is quarantined and threatened to be deported. Completely alone, without the help of anyone and with a powerful desire to unite with Magda, Ewa easily falls prey to a charming but rotten Bruno, who forces her into prostitution. With the advent of a brilliant magician and illusionist Orlando, Bruno’s cousin, Ewa regains confidence and hope for a brighter future, but to her misfortune does not think of Bruno’s violent jealousy.

index.3 about the author
 Directorial debut of James Gray is critically acclaimed crime drama Little Odessa (1994),  starring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Maximilian Schell and Vanessa Redgrave. Film, for  which he also wrote the screenplay, received the Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival  and the Silver lion at the Venice Festival.He earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit  Award in the category for best first feature film and best first screenplay. In 2000, he assumed  the role of writer and director of the project The Yards, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize  Theron, James Caan and Joaquin Phoenix. The film was part of the official competition at the  Cannes Film Festival in 2000.