THE IMMIGRANT is a drama film co-written, produced and directed by James Gray. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and received lukewarm reviews. Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, the film marks third collaboration for Gray and Phoenix after 2007’s We Own the Night and 2008’s Two Lovers.
1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando (Renner). He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.