Media Arts Program

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Talking Leaves Books and Just Buffalo Literary Center

Jay Craven


Presented at:

a film by

starring Kris Kristofferson & featuring Geneviève Bujold
based on the 1977 novel by Howard Frank Mosher

The Buffalo Premiere of director Jay Craven's Disappearances, a spellbinding tale of high-stakes whiskey-running based on Mosher's award-winning first novel, published in 1977. Starring Kris Kristofferson, and featuring Geneviève Bujold, Gary Farmer, and William Sanderson (Deadwood), the film completes a trilogy of what Craven calls "Vermont frontier films" that began with Where the Rivers Flow North (starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, & Michael J. Fox) and A Stranger in the Kingdom (starring David Lansbury, Ernie Hudson, & Martin Sheen). All three films are based on the Mosher novels of the same titles.

Set during Prohibition, Disappearances tells the story of Quebec Bill Bonhomme (Kristofferson), an impossible dreamer and schemer who needs fast cash after a freak lightning storm destroys his barn. Despite forebodings from his skeptical and mystical sister, Cordelia (Bujold), Quebec Bill hatches a plan to steal twenty cases of liquor from feral Canadian whiskey pirate, Caracjou (Lothaire Bluteau) and smuggle it back across the Vermont-Canadian border. He takes along his 15-year-old-son, Wild Bill (Charlie McDermott), his inscrutable brother-in-law (Farmer), and his cranky hired man (Sanderson). Together, they cross the border into Canadian wilderness—and a haunted and elusive past—for three unforgettable days "full of terror, full of wonder." What they find is the stuff of genuine legend.

Boston Phoenix called Disappearances "an extraordinary accomplishment…a Peckinpah-style Eastern Western." American Film Institute wrote "Palpable, intimate and magical…operates on powerful metaphorical levels." Variety called it as "mesmerizing…poetic…[and] "stirringly acted." Reuters calls it "impressive…graceful…[and] eerily beautiful." Yankee calls it "stunning." The Boston Globe adds, "wild adventure…pure fun." New York Times critic Stephen Holden calls Disappearances "beautiful and raw…lovingly handmade…[and] "imbued with a robust charm." The film is rated PG-13.

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