Directed by: Wim Wenders
Written by: Scott Derrickson (story), Michael Meredith (screenplay), Wim Wenders (screenplay & story)
Other cast: John Diehl, Shaun Toub, Wendell Pierce, Richard Edson, Burt Young
Release date: April 19, 2005
Running time: 123 mins
After years of living in Israel with her American missionary father, Lana returns to the United States. Penniless, armed only with her winning optimism and the fearlessness born of youth, Lana ends up living in a mission in downtown Los Angeles. There she sets out to find her reclusive uncle, an obsessive loner fixated on weeding out people he thinks are dangerous to the state. When the two finally meet, their lives overlap and intersect, taking us in strange and surprising directions.
Michelle: “[Making the film] felt slightly treacherous…. Lana was an interesting dilemma: What’s it like to be religiously conservative and politically liberal? That movie was seminal for me.”
• Working title was Angst and Alienation in America.
• The movie was shot in 16 days, on location in Los Angeles, in 2004.
• The part of Lana was written with Michelle in mind.
• For her performance in this film, Michelle was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for “Best Female Lead”.