Author: Matthew LaRusso
Location: New Jersey
"Light in August"
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Written by: Paul Haggis and William Faulkner
Music by: Mark Isham
Halle Berry as Lena Grove
Jamie Foxx as Lucas Burch/Joe Brown
Terence Howard as Joe Christmas
Diane Lane as Joanna Burden
Robert Duvall as Reverend Gail Hightower
Willem Dafoe as Percy Grimm
Tagline: "There is no greater fear than isolation"
Synopsis: Based on the novel by William Faulkner, this the story of several people living in post civil war Mississippi and how their lives intertwine through racial conflict and through social isolation. The main character of the story is Lena Grove (Berry) who is pregnant and goes on a search for the child's father (Foxx) who is hiding under an alias. Terence Howard plays the mysterious Joe Christmas who is having an affair with an abolitionist (Lane). Duvall plays the Reverend who has confederate ties and has since become an outcast while Dafoe plays the very dangerous guardsman Percy Grimm.
What the press would say:
On the heels of this success with "Crash", Paul Haggis was not shy to once again tackle the issue that won him an academy award. This time however, Haggis takes viewers on a journey to the heartland of racism, the deep south. Faulkner's moving and emotional novel is taken to the next level by Haggis' great direction and screenplay as well as marvelous performances from the fine ensemble.
Best Director- Paul Haggis
Best Actor- Jamie Foxx, Terence Howard
Best Actress- Halle Berry
Best S. Actor- Robert Duvall
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Art Direction