Drama | Sam Fleischner | 2013, USA | 102 Minutes | English and Spanish
FESTIVALS: Tribeca (Special Jury Prize), Deauville (Jury Prize), BFI London, Karlovy Vary, complete list
DISTRIBUTORS: 8 week theatrical via Alfhaville (Mexico); Sundance Channel Global (France, Benelux, Spain); La Cineteca Nacional (Mexico); theatrical via Oscilloscope Laboratories (USA); Amazon (USA).
“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” a small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life. Set largely inside the city’s subway system, it observes the world through the eyes of Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez), a bright but easily distracted 13-year-old boy with midrange autism who gets lost underground. Mr. Sanchez-Velez, the untrained actor who plays him, has Asperger’s syndrome and is a hauntingly plaintive screen presence." - New York Times (full review)