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07-31-2003, 10:54 PM #1
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF WINTERBOTTOM’S CODE 46
Toronto – Director Michael Winterbottom’s CODE 46 receives its North American premiere this September as a Gala Presentation at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival®. Starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton, CODE 46 is a compelling love story that travels into an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom (IN THIS WORLD, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE) CODE 46 is set in a futuristic Shanghai. The restrictions in place make it possible for people to travel to other cities only if they have the necessary "papelles", a special travel insurance that combines a passport with a visa.
Outside of the cities, the desert has taken over. Shanty towns have become jammed with non-citizens – people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted as they are unable to travel outside of their own zones.
William (Robbins) is an insurance investigator sent to Shanghai to solve a case of fraudulent papelles. He meets Maria (Morton), and although he knows she is guilty of committing the forgery, he cannot help falling completely in love with her. He knows that it is his duty to hand Maria over to the authorities, but he is unable to turn her in. Instead, he hides her crime and they have a passionate affair, one that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours.
When William returns home, the memory of Maria lingers. He tries to see her, but is refused the necessary travel papers. Out of desperation, he uses one of the fake papelles from his investigation so that he may see her, but when he tracks her down, he is left with the unwelcome discovery that she has been accused of a Code 46 violation.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, CODE 46 stars Tim Robbins, and Samantha Morton. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the film is produced by Andrew Eaton. In association with the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund and BBC Films, CODE 46 is a Revolution Films Production, distributed worldwide by United Artists.[email protected]
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