The Visitor


1h 48m 2008

Brief Synopsis

In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano. When his college sends him to Manha

Film Details

Also Known As
Visitor
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Act One; C5, Inc.; Film Finances, Inc.; Goldcrest; Goldcrest Post Production; Groundswell Productions; Groundswell Productions; Jfa, Inc.; K5 Media Group GmbH; Next Wednesday Productions; Participant Media; Participant Media; Post Factoryny; Soundtrack Group; Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting; Technicolor PostWorks New York; The Post Factory
Distribution Company
RELATIVITY MEDIA DISTRIBUTION GROUP (RMDG); Anchor Bay Entertainment; Bolero; Impacto Cine; Pan Europeenne; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Relativity Media Distribution Group; Rialto Distribution; September Film Distribution; Tfm Distribution; Unanimous Pictures
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Synopsis

In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano. When his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek, a Syrian man, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend, have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him. Touched by his kindness, Tarek, a talented musician, insists on teaching the aging academic to play the African drum. The instrument's exuberant rhythms revitalize Walter's faltering spirit and open his eyes to a vibrant world of local jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. As the friendship between the two men deepens, the differences in culture, age and temperament fall away. After being stopped by police in the subway, Tarek is arrested as an undocumented citizen and held for deportation. As his situation turns desperate, Walter finds himself compelled to help his new friend with a passion he thought he had long ago lost. When Tarek's beautiful mother Mouna arrives unexpectedly in search of her son, the professor's personal commitment develops into an unlikely romance. And it's through these new found connections with these virtual strangers that Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life.

Crew

Kate Abernathy

Assistant Editor

John A Accardo

Set Production Assistant

Mohammad Naseehu Ali

Consultant

Mohammad Naseehu Ali

Song

Omar Amanat

Executive Producer

Ricardo Andino

Grip

Jamie Arbuckle

On-Set Dresser

Tom Baker

Driver

Kerry Barden

Casting

Bernard Bayer

Music

Nicholas R Bell

Assistant Director

Alberto Bianchini

Swing Gang

Carter Bissell

Best Boy Electric

Anthony Blanco

Assistant Director

Ian Bloome

Lighting Technician

Paul Bode

Assistant Camera

Oliver Bokelberg

Director Of Photography

Lucie Bourgeau

Production Secretary

Kevin C Bowe

Boom Operator

Marc Boyle

Hair Stylist

Jeremy Brehme

Swing Gang

Jacqueline Brogan

Consultant

James M Brown

Unit Production Manager

Nicole Bukowski

Accountant

Nicole Bukowski

Cashier

Jeff Cadmus

Driver

Damian Canelos

Sound Mixer

Matthew Chamberlain

Location Manager

Kim Chapman

Set Decorator

Craig Charland

Art Assistant

Don Ciana

Color Timer

Len X Clayton

Art Director

William Collins

Driver

Mariela Comitini

Assistant Director

Rachel Connors

Script Supervisor

Laura Cook

Set Production Assistant

Richard Coronel

Loader

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Dylan Crawsnay-williams

Grip

Suzanne Crowley

Casting

Chandra Cummin

Assistant

Jonathan Dinklage

Song Performer

Jonathan Dinklage

Song

Leo Driver

Coordinator

Ron Dulin

Assistant Editor

Olivia K Dunn

Art Department

Danielle Duperreault

Location Scout

Alex Engel

Lighting Technician

Joe Facey

Craft Service

Sylvia Fay

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jonathan Ferrantelli

Post-Production Supervisor

St├ęphane Foenkinos

Casting

Martha Fogerty

Costumes

John Frisbie

Rigging Gaffer

Steve Gaconnier

Visual Effects Producer

Michael Garner

Best Boy Grip

Elisabeth Giglio

Sound Department

Mariusz Glabinski

Music Editor

Dan Gloeckner

Set Production Assistant

Jared Goldman

Unit Production Manager

Lewis Goldstein

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jonathan Gray

Legal Counsel

Heather Gross

Sound Editor

Sean Haines

On-Set Dresser

Colt Hausman

Scenic Artist

Jason Hedges

Production Assistant

Wolfgang Held

Camera

Theodore Hellmuth

Dolly Grip

Ruth Hernandez

Sound Editor

Charles Herzfeld

Film Lab

George Holtzer

Transportation Captain

Jennifer Hoopes

Assistant Location Manager

Billy Hopkins

Casting

Paul Hsu

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Richard Hubka

Driver

Kirk Huston

Driver

Andy Hutchinson

Set Production Assistant

Joel Jaspan

Key Grip

Mark Johnson

Set Decorator

Mark Johnson

Set Decorator

John Paul Jones

Driver

James Jorty

Driver

Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

Music Scoring Mixer

Jan A. P. Kaczmarek

Music

Stephen E. Kardell

Location Scout

Leah Katznelson

Assistant Costume Designer

Barbara Jean Kearney

Film Lab

Jessica Kelly

Casting Assistant

Frank Kern

Sound Editor

Doe Kim

Studio Camera Operator

Stephanie Kinch

Office Production Assistant

Shana Kingsley

Craft Service

Julius Kozlowski

Scenic Artist

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Song Performer

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Song

Sara Lane

Production Accountant

George Lara

Foley

Ludovic Littee

Assistant Camera

Glenn Lloyd

Art Department Coordinator

Ben Logan

Craft Service

Michael London

Producer

Patty Long

Line Producer

Adam Lukens

Best Boy Grip

Tara Markus

Location Scout

Luke Maurer

Music

Nicolas Mazet

Boom Operator

Tom Mcardle

Editor

Rebecca Mccabe

Costume Supervisor

Tom Mccarthy

Screenplay

John Mccoombs

Driver

James Mcfadyen

Lighting Technician

Ryan Mcguffin

Grip

Bill Mchenry

Song

Bill Mchenry

Song Performer

Colleen Mctigue

Set Costumer

Christopher Menges

Location Assistant

Ali Merhi

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Michael Mervilde Jr.

Best Boy Grip

Lauren Miller

Costumes

Cate Montana

Sound Editor

Emily Mraz

Costumes

Luca Mundaca

Song Performer

Luca Mundaca

Song

Ali Muney

Assistant Editor

Karen Neasi

Product Placement

Smokey Nelson

Gaffer

Ray Nevins

Driver

James Nichols

Sound Engineer

Charlie Nicholson

Set Decorator

Rafal Paczkowski

Music Scoring Mixer

Rafal Paczkowski

Score Recording

John Paino

Production Designer

Stacey Panepinto

Makeup Artist

Will Pangman

On-Set Dresser

Diana Pappas

Costumes

Elizabeth Pellegrini

Production Coordinator

Amy Pickering

Wardrobe Supervisor

Dana Pinrod

Set Production Assistant

Zack Quinn

Camera Assistant

Mary Ramos

Music Supervisor

Hossam Ramzy

Song

Hossam Ramzy

Song Performer

Mike Reeves

Best Boy Electric

Leah Rial

Makeup Artist

Damon Rivetti

Location Scout

Javier Rojas

Craft Service

Elena Roulenko

Hair Stylist

Jamie Rush

Set Production Assistant

Lara Safire

Set Production Assistant

Chris Salvaterra

Executive Producer

Adam Sanchez

Boom Operator

Roger Sasson

Gaffer

Courtney Schmidt

Assistant Property Master

Paul Schnee

Casting

Meg Schrock

Generator Operator

Lora Scrignoli

Hair Stylist

Jamie Segschneider

Assistant Camera

Weiman Seid

Unit Publicist

John Sember

Boom Operator

Richard Shedden

Electrician

Luke Sherman

Set Production Assistant

Ivy Shyu

Assistant

Manny Siverio

Stunt Coordinator

Mary Jane Skalski

Producer

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Collin Smith

Location Manager

Suzanne Smith

Casting

Richard Smock

Electrician

Hilary Stabb

Assistant

Walter Stafford

Key Rigging Grip

Kami Steele

Makeup Artist

Elizabeth Stern

Grip

Sara Stern

Assistant Sound Editor

Chris Stevens

Driver

Ricky Strauss

Executive Producer

Jennifer Stuart

Assistant Camera

John Paul Summerskill

Accountant

Bergen Swanson

Line Producer

Marek Szpakiewicz

Music

Stan Sztaba

Negative Cutter

Nic Thys

Song Performer

Vivian Tong

Set Production Assistant

Melissa Toth

Costume Designer

Daniel Triller

Assistant Editor

Danny Veccione

Rigging Grip

Jay E Vigil

Transportation Captain

Joe Violante

Dailies

Matt Walker

Key Grip

Joy Weber

Lighting Technician

Alexis Weiss

Property Master

Casey Wooden

Grip

Chris Yager

Set Production Assistant

Sreenu Yedavalley

Set Production Assistant

Yi-huan Zhao

Music

Marian Zola

Scenic Artist

Film Details

Also Known As
Visitor
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Act One; C5, Inc.; Film Finances, Inc.; Goldcrest; Goldcrest Post Production; Groundswell Productions; Groundswell Productions; Jfa, Inc.; K5 Media Group GmbH; Next Wednesday Productions; Participant Media; Participant Media; Post Factoryny; Soundtrack Group; Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting; Technicolor PostWorks New York; The Post Factory
Distribution Company
RELATIVITY MEDIA DISTRIBUTION GROUP (RMDG); Anchor Bay Entertainment; Bolero; Impacto Cine; Pan Europeenne; Polyfilm Verleih Gmbh; Relativity Media Distribution Group; Rialto Distribution; September Film Distribution; Tfm Distribution; Unanimous Pictures
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 48m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2008 Spirit Award for Best Director; also nominated for Best Male Lead (Richard Jenkins) and Best Supporting Male (Haaz Sleiman) by Film Independent (FIND).

Winner of the 2008 Spotlight Award (Richard Jenkins) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the Grand Prix award at the 2008 Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

Winner of two 2008 Satellite Awards including Best Actor - Drama (Richard Jenkins) and Best Original Screenplay by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Limited Release in United States April 11, 2008

Released in United States Spring April 11, 2008

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2008

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States March 2008

Released in United States September 2008

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 7-15, 2008.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 5-14, 2008.

Overture Films acquired North American distribution rights at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States April 11, 2008

Released in United States Spring April 11, 2008

Released in United States on Video October 7, 2008

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 17-27, 2008.)

Released in United States March 2008 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival March 7-15, 2008.)

Released in United States September 2008 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 5-14, 2008.)

Nominated for the 2008 award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Richard Jenkins) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).