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Directed by Phil Morrison
FEATURE NARRATIVE 107 Minutes World Premiere
Fresh out of prison in Montreal for a low-level con job, misanthropic ex-con Dennis immediately ends up in a bar fight with local charmer Rene when he finds out that Rene has begun a relationship with his ex-wife. Unable to find work because of his shady past but eager to make an honest go of it, Dennis reluctantly accepts an offer from the apologetic Rene to travel to New York City for a get-rich-quick scheme selling Christmas trees. This unlikely pair of French Canadian ne’er-do-wells hits the road and sets up their lot on a city street corner, settling into a long month of hawking trees. Then Dennis befriends a local rich dentist’s wife, and a new plan emerges.

Phil Morrison follows up his 2005 indie breakout hit Junebug with this hilarious odd couple buddy comedy. Expert comic actors Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti bring screenwriter Melissa James Gibson’s sharply written dialogue to life, and the beautiful holiday-bedecked New York City skyline provides a colorful seasonal backdrop to this story of equally colorful characters. Almost Christmas is a refreshing and funny sophomore effort, and a delightful addition to the storied tradition of New York Christmas comedies.

—Cara Cusumano
About the Director(s)
PHIL MORRISON was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1968. His previous feature was Junebug.

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Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Jeff Buchanan
  • Co-Producer:
    Louise Lovegrove
  • Cast:
    Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti, Sally Hawkins
  • Cinematographer:
    Mott Hupfel
  • Director:
    Phil Morrison
  • Screenwriter:
    Melissa James Gibson
  • Producer:
    Daniel Carey, Elizabeth Giamatti, John Penotti, Jim Tauber
  • Executive Producer:
    Michael Hogan

  • Print Source
    Nancy Valle
    Anchor Bay Films
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    Phone: 424 204 4168
  • International Sales Contact
    Thorsten Schumacher
    Hanway Films
    London, W1T 1UH
    Phone: +44 20 7290 0750
  • US Sales Contact
    Rena Ronson
    United Talent
    Los Angeles, 90210
    Phone: 310 273 6700
  • Press Contact
    Matthew Honovic
    Greenestreet Films
    New York, 10012
    Phone: 2126099000


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