Free Sneak Preview Film Screening of "Goodbye Solo"

Melnitz Movies and the Graduate Students Association present a film about a Senegalese cab driver in North Carolina and the life-changing journey he embarks on after picking up a tough old Southern man. 91 minutes. Beautiful cinematography;excellent acting by Souleymane Sy Savane and Red West.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Winner of the Venice Film Festival’s FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, Goodbye Solo is the latest movie from acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Man Push Cart). 

On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever.  Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his family.  William is a tough Southern good ol’ boy with a lifetime of regrets.  One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down.  But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit.  Through this unlikely friendship, Goodbye Solo deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of the United States.

“Has an uncanny ability to enlarge your perception of the world.” -A.O. Scott,  New York Times
“Powerful, riveting, inspiring.” -Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
““Warm hearted and cheerful. A Force of Nature.  And Bahrani has established himself as a major American director.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Director:  Ramin Bahrani
Producers:  Bahrani, Jason Orans
Writers:  Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi
Cast:  Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West
A Roadside Attractions release

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  • Movies are shown at the James Bridges Theatre (Melnitz 1409) at UCLA.
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  • NO late seating.
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Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($9) parking available in lot 3.

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