TEN THOUSAND SAINTS (aka 10,000 Saints) is a drama film written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (nominated for an Oscar for Best Adpated Screenplay for American Splendor), which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It stars Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, and Emile Hirsch.
Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City—Jude (Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Steinfeld)—who break away from their messed-up parents (Hawke and Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval—against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous Tompkins Square Park riots—TEN THOUSAND SAINTS is a nostalgia trip to a bygone era of New York City.
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