Many Americans aren’t familiar with writer-director James Gray. They may have seen his movies (Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers), but they probably won’t recognize the filmmaker. Elsewhere, however, Gray is a household name and a bonafide auteur—particularly in France, where his latest film first screened in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. A year later, and after distributor delays and debates (The Weinstein Company reportedly wanted changes, Gray resisted), The Immigrant finally gets a U.S. release. And if there’s any justice, it will be the film that establishes Gray as a filmmaker of note in his home country.
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