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"Haunting.
Gorgeously shot."

 
- Ellen McCarthy, WASHINGTON POST
 
Current Release
  Wishbone Films and International Film Circuit present  


 
 

OCTOBER COUNTRY

A film by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

US, 2009, Color, 80 min

   
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"Monumentally magnificent. A film you simply must see!"
– Jennifer Merin, ABOUT.COM

"Like a Joyce Carol Oates novel rendered as a documentary. At once personal and objective. Probing. Fascinating." - A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

"An impressionistic, hypnotic spectacle." – S. James Snyder, ARTFORUM

"***** Forsakes guilty-pleasure exploitation and simply wows you in every other way. You’re left wanting more—not just of a you-couldn’t-make-this-up ensemble — but of a recession-era America brought to vivid life. A masterpiece of the everyday." - Kevin B. Lee, TIME OUT NY

"Gorgeously filmed, thoroughly engaging."
- Miranda Siegel, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"Delivers an unadulterated shot of the kind of poor white American despair and frustration that most media treats as caricature... dense with painterly, almost abstract imagery rendered in vivid, lurid living color."
– Karina Longworth, VILLAGE VOICE

"Stirring. Visually remarkable. Surveys with detached beauty and expressive melancholy members of a working-class family."
- Michael Koresky, INDIEWIRE

"Riveting. Vivid." – Kyle Smith, NEW YORK POST

   

October Country is a beautifully rendered portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. A collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher, this vibrant and penetrating documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life.

Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over a year from one Halloween to the next, the film creates a stunning cinematic portrait of a family who are unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America's working class. The film was created to be both a universal story of family struggle and a socially conscious portrait of compelling, articulate individuals grappling with the forces that tear at their homes and relationships.

Combining the access only available to a family member with an intimate visual style of a filmmaker encountering the family's dynamics for the first time, the film gives a deeply personal voice to the national issues of economic instability, domestic abuse, war trauma, and sexual molestation. As the Moshers do their best to confront their ghosts, we confront the broader issues that haunt us all in the continued struggle for the American Dream.

 
   
 

"A film that seems to burrow under the psychic skin of its characters. Visually seductive and conceptually concise, it is otherworldly, haunted poetry."
- Scott Macauley, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

"A small and quiet masterpiece of transcendent filmmaking. Every aspiring filmmaker should watch this, for it will teach you everything you need to know about the craft of making great nonfiction cinema, one where the complicity of directors and subjects creates epic eloquence and poetry and grace."
- Pamela Cohn, HAMMER TO NAIL

"Sensitive and poetic." - Andre Chautard, MOVING PICTURES

"Artful and intimate." - Jule Banville, WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

"Breathtaking." - Andrew Barker, VARIETY

   
 

WINNER
Silverdocs Grand Jury Prize - Best US Feature

 
     

WINNER
Maysles Award - Special Jury Prize
Starz/Denver Film Festival

 
     
WINNER
Best First Feature
DocLisboa Film Festival
 
     
WINNER
Two Cinema Eye Awards - Best Debut Feature & Best Soundtrack
NOMINATED
Five 2010 Cinema Eye Awards
 
     

NOMINATED
Independent Spirit Awards - Best Documentary

 
     

NOMINATED
Gotham Award - "Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You"

 
 

 

 
OFFICIAL SELECTION
Los Angeles Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
True/False Film Festival
Leipzig Film Festival
St. Louis Int'l Film Festival
Camden Film Festival
Sheffield Film Festival
and many more.
 
     
   
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