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FEATURE NARRATIVE 98 Minutes World Premiere

Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm, Das Boot) directs this thrilling action adventure about a rogue wave that capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. In its aftermath, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler John Dylan (Josh Lucas) ignores the captain's (Andre Braugher) orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father (Kurt Russell) searching for his daughter (Emmy Rossum) and her fiancé (Mike Vogel)-a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and who now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother (Jacinda Barrett) and her wise-beyond-his-years son (Jimmy Bennett), an anxious stowaway (Mia Maestro), and a despondent fellow passenger (Richard Dreyfuss) who boarded the ship not sure about whether he wanted to live but who now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water, each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for one another.

About the Director(s)

Breaking into the entertainment business in 1960 as assistant director for Hamburg's Ernest Deutsch Theatre, Wolfgang Petersen went on to Berlin's German Film and Television Academy. He kicked off his film directorial career in television, winning several awards. Petersen's 1977 theatrical feature The Consequence, a discreetly handled study of male homosexuality that he both wrote and directed, won him praise on the international scene. Soon after, he directed Black and White Like Day and Night (1978) and wrote and directed Das Boot (1982), a tense drama set aboard a U-boat in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. The film, hailed for its claustrophobic detail, was an international hit and earned Petersen Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay. He followed with the children's fantasy The Never Ending Story (1984) and the science fiction tale Enemy Mine (1985). He later wrote and directed Shattered (1991), a complex Hitchcockian thriller based on Richard Neely's The Plastic Nightmare. He achieved commercial success with In the Line of Fire (1993), starring Clint Eastwood. Other film credits include Outbreak, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, and Troy. He is currently in preproduction on Ender's Game.

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