‘Wonderstruck’  has been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, 2017.

The YA genre is heating up with another adaptation from a best selling novel. Wonderstruck, has been adapted into a screenplay by it’s original author, Brian Selznick(‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’), and is a departure for it’s director Todd Haynes (Carol).

Wonderstruck is unusual in several aspects. It is set in two different time frames, 1927 and 1977, but the stories are interconnected, both of the child stars play deaf children. Millicent Simmonds, plays Rose, a young deaf girl in 1927 New Jersey who is imprisoned in her own home because of her handicap. She runs away to New York in pursuit of meeting her favorite film star, Lillian Mayhew, played by Julianne Moore. Millicent is deaf in real life, and her portion of the film is silent, in homage to the era of her film star, and also as a means to capture Rose’s unique perspective. Many deaf children were hired to play extras in this film as well.

Oakes Fegley plays a young deaf boy in 1977 Minnesota, who runs away to New York in pursuit of his father. Michelle Williams and Amy Hargreaves, also star.

Wonderstruck is distributed by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions. It opens nationwide October 20, 2017.

It is competing in the upcoming May 2017 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.

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