The Straight Story

Writer/Producer/Editor: Mary Sweeney
Total Running Time: 112 minutes
Release Date: 1999
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Directed by David Lynch and written, produced and edited by AFS film expert Mary Sweeney, The Straight Story follows elderly veteran and Iowa farmer Alvin Straight, (Richard Farnsworth,) as he travels across the Midwest riding his lawnmower. When his brother, Lyle, falls ill, Alvin pledges to go to Lyle’s side — despite being unable to drive — armed with a riding lawnmower for transportation, a tent and unshakable determination. Leaving his mentally challenged daughter, (Sissy Spacek) at home, Alvin sets out to cover the 350 miles to his brother’s house in a weeks-long journey of healing and remembrance.

(Highlights of the Awards)
Nominated, Oscar – Academy Awards
Winner, British Independent Film Award – Best Foreign Film
Nominated, Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Screen International Award – European Film Awards
Nominated, Best Score, Best Actor – Golden Globes
Nominated – Humanitas Prize
Winner – Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated – Best Director, Best Feature, Best First Screenplay, Independent Spirit Awards

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