Longtime MIFF friend and guest Verna Bloom, whose fantastic acting has graced films by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Peter Fonda, returns to present The Immigrant, James Gray’s recent, prize-winning drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner, about a woman, newly-arrived in 1921 New York with a sustaining desire to save her imperiled sister, though she is herself in harm’s way. “James Gray’s (Lost City of Z) most beautiful, moving and expansive work, a sepia-steeped ode to immigrant resilience, struggle and conditional American Dreaming that visually evokes Coppola’s Godfather Part II and Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, but in its utterly irony-free melodramatic sincerity also suggests a silent-era woman’s picture à la D.W. Griffith, King Vidor, or G.W. Pabst. Daring for being so unabashedly serious, romantic, and classical, and providing the context for a trio of performances – Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner – that are permitted to grow and breathe in the movie’s deep spaces and slow rhythms, Gray’s movie is an almost flawlessly articulated example of the kind of thing we like to say they just don’t make any more: serious, adult, character-driven and impassioned”—Geoff Pevere, Toronto Globe and Mail