Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day to Open New Hampshire Film Festival

Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Griffith), who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence.  On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict.  The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.  Produced by Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook.  Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard. Written for the screen and directed by Jason Reitman.

The story is set in New Hampshire and features a scene shot at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H.. Author Joyce Maynard grew up in Durham, N.H., and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. She will be attending a Q&A session immediately following the Friday night screening of the film.

Labor Day will be shown twice during the NHFF International Competition at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater: Friday, October 18 at 8:15pm (followed by Q&A), and Sunday October 20 at 7:10pm. The film screened earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.

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Photo credit:  Dale Robinette
(Left to right)  Kate Winslet as Adele, Josh Brolin as Frank and Gattlin Griffith as Henry in LABOR DAY directed by Jason Reitman to be released by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush.
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