Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day to Open New Hampshire Film Festival
Author Joyce Maynard to attend the NHFF screening
Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith, is making its New England premiere as the opening night film at the New Hampshire Film Festival later this month. One of the most anticipated films to screen at the festival, Labor Day is based on the book by New Hampshire native Joyce Maynard, who will be in attendance at the festival. The film is directed by Jason Reitman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, based on Maynard’s novel. Starring alongside Winslet and Brolin are Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek and Tobey Maguire. Labor Day opens in theaters on December 25.
Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Griffith), who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. Produced by Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard. Written for the screen and directed by Jason Reitman.
The story is set in New Hampshire and features a scene shot at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H.. Author Joyce Maynard grew up in Durham, N.H., and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. She will be attending a Q&A session immediately following the Friday night screening of the film.
Labor Day will be shown twice during the NHFF International Competition at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater: Friday, October 18 at 8:15 p.m. (followed by Q&A), and Sunday October 20 at 7:10 p.m. The film screened earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.