Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In The Weinstein Company's new searing drama Crossing Over, writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American Dream, and the reality that immigrants find—and create—in 21st century L.A.
The critically applauded film will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3) starting this Wednesday, September 16.
Kramer's intersecting stories, both cathartic and tragic, are brought to life by an international ensemble. The film stars Harrison Ford (Firewall), Ray Liotta (Good Fellas) Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy), Cliff Curtis (Die Hard 4.0), Jim Sturgess (21) and Alice Braga (City of God).
Frank Marshall (Seabiscuit) is producing Crossing Over for The Weinstein Company. Michael Beugg (Little Miss Sunshine) is executive producer and Gregg Taylor (Austin Powers in Goldmember) co-producer.
"The U.S. offers hope—but that often comes at a price. Many can earn citizenship legally through a lengthy bureaucratic process, but others find themselves out of luck in a country where virtually anything can be bought," explains Kramer. "Sex, violence and betrayal become their currency. Some wait in line for permission to enter the U.S. while others take matters into their own hands."
In the film, L.A. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer Max Brogan (Ford) is an agent sworn to protect America 's borders, dealing with the thousands that try to cross over into the U.S. in search of a better life. The lives of Brogan, his ICE partner, Hamid Baraheri (Curtis), immigration defense attorney, Denise Frankel (Judd), and her husband, Cole Frankel (Liotta), intersect, by necessity, accident or fate, with Mexican factory worker Mireya Sanchez (Braga); Hamid's sister Zahra (Melody Khazae); young Bangladeshi Taslima Jahangir (Summer Bishil); British musician Gavin Kossef (Sturgess); Australian actress Claire Shepard (Alice Eve); and Korean teen Yong Kim (Justin Chon).
Each has a different struggle: a single mother deported without her child; a high school girl whose provocative essay draws FBI attention; an actress who willingly prostitutes herself to earn her green card; a struggling musician trying to build a career while working his day job; and finally, a Korean teen caught between two worlds while his family is desperate to naturalize.
In his review in The New York Observer, veteran critic Rex Reed praises Crossing Over:
"Wayne Kramer threads the pieces together, making valid points about the tragedies and triumphs of the U.S. immigration agencies that tie up the lives of desperate people in a never-ending tangle of red tape. And he gets uniformly terrific performances from a fine cast playing pawns in the game of sex, violence and betrayal that diminishes the noble tradition of naturalized citizenship."