With actor Will Forte and producer Ron Yerxa.
Directed by Alexander Payne
Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael
Written by Bob Nelson
Editing by Kevin Tent
Music by Mark Orton
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach
Running time: 115 minutes
Alexander Payne’s latest brilliant effort, Nebraska, tells the story of an aging booze-addled father, Woody (Bruce Dern), convinced that a million dollar prize awaits him in Nebraska. His mild-mannered son Dave (Will Forte), tired of explaining reality to his stubborn dad and pacifying his exasperated mom (June Squibb), agrees to drive Woody all the way to Lincoln. More than a father/son road trip, this hilarious and touching story is an ode to small-town life and a son’s desire to forge a relationship with his impenetrable father.
Payne’s longtime director of photography, Phedon Papamichael, paints an immense backdrop with breathtaking imagery shot throughout the plains states, including Wyoming and South Dakota. Featuring miraculous performances by Bruce Dern and Will Forte, Nebraska is at once moving and mirthful. “The sharp comic edges, based on a close understanding of Midwestern reserve, form just one element in Payne’s greater emotional pattern. Filled with wonderful characters and composed in the most expressive black and white in years, Nebraska is a portrait of a way of life and of the single life of one quiet man” (New York Film Festival).
Payne’s last feature film, The Descendants, won an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Golden Globe® for Best Drama. Nebraska was nominated for the Palme d’Or® at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where Bruce Dern won the Best Actor Award.