REVIEW: PRINCE OF BROADWAY
New York is so often associated with sophistication, glamour and success that it is rare to witness an accurate portrayal of the city and the millions of immigrants who call it home. Filmed on location in New Yorkís wholesale garment district, PRINCE OF BROADWAY tells the story of Lucky and Levon, two immigrants who sell counterfeit merchandise, as their intertwined lives present new challenges and ideals of family and
Levon operates an illegal storefront that includes a hidden room filled with knock-off brand merchandise. Lucky hustles potential customers off the street who might be interested in buying items such as designer handbags and expensive sneakers. While at work, Lucky receives an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend, Linda, who brings a toddler and insists Lucky is the father. After she leaves, Lucky panics yet remains skeptical about having a son. Although the child is nameless for weeks and is referred to as ďit,Ē Lucky eventually names him
The ensuing turbulent weeks pass with no sign from Linda. After much frustration and many failed attempts to reach her, Lucky runs into Linda on the street and tells her that he plans on getting a DNA test. If he is the father, she will never see her child again. Linda walks away without any hesitation, but later wonders if she made the right decision. Lucky and Prince visit a clinic, and wait for the results of their test..
Meanwhile, Levonís marriage is falling apart and, despite his attempts to please his wife, Nadia, he returns home one day to discover that she is leaving. Nadia explains that she was young and naÔve when she married Levon, who benefitted from the marriage by receiving his green card. He tries to convince Nadia to stay, but she leaves and moves in with a friend. Not ready to give up, Levon pursues Nadia at a nightclub to convince her to move back home. Again she refuses and tells him to leave. Things take a turn for the worse when Levonís store is raided by police and he is arrested and taken to jail. After a judge sets his bail at $100,000, Levon returns to his empty store to contemplate his future
From director Sean Baker (Take Out, Greg the Bunny) and producer/director Lee Daniels (Precious), PRINCE OF BROADWAY captures the vibrant energy of the Flatiron District as Lucky and Levon, portrayed by first-time actors, struggle to deal with their new dilemmas and the consequences that surround
Along with rave reviews from The New York Times and the Village Voice, the film was listed as one of Los Angeles Timesís Top 10 Films of 2010 and premiered theatrically September 3, 2010, in New York
The film was featured in over 50 film festivals and won 17 awards, including Best Dramatic Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Best Feature at the Woodstock Film Festival. It was also nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Meet the Hustlers
Audio Commentaries with Director Sean Baker, Producer Darren Dean, and Stars Karren Karagulian and Victoria Tate
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