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EAGLE VS SHARK
USA: Miramax Films
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, Joel Tobeck, Brian Sergent, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Morag Hills, Bernard Stewart, Taika Waititi, David Fane, Cohen Holloway, Gentiane Lupi, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Adam Gardiner, Jackie Van Beek, Miranda Manasiadis, Ban Abdul, Mike King, Madeleine Sami, Anna Horsley, Dylan Taylor, Cori Gonzalez - Macuer, Aaron Cortesi, Kura Sanderson, Riley Brophy, Rosie Graham, Justin Wu, Monique Bradley, Luke Buda, Rachel Forman, Matt Wheelan, Tyrell Samia, Tammy Davis, Julian Arahanga, Tanea Heke
Director: Taika Waititi
Country: New Zealand
USA & UK: 87 mins
USA Rated: R for language, some sexuality, and brief animated violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 15 June 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 17 August 2007 (Limited Release)
'Lily: Did you know we've got the same mole?'
'Jarrod: What mole?'
From New Zealand comes a wickedly offbeat love story - a funny, fractured romance
between two total misfits, woven into an all-consuming quest for revenge, and shot through with the strange, sweet hilarity of the human condition. EAGLE vs SHARK introduces the original and delightfully different vision of writer-director Taika Waititi, a young Kiwi comic star, who won an Academy AwardŽ nomination for his short film "Two Cars, One Night," which premiered to acclaim at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Lily (Loren Horsley) is a lonely, eccentric, fast-food waitress who happens to be a hopeless romantic. The man of her dreams is Jarrod (Jemaine Clement), another lonely individual and video game clerk, who has spent the last decade plotting ultimate vengeance on a bully from his high school past.
When Lily and Jarrod meet at a "dress as your favorite animal" party, she's an anaemic Shark and he's a fluffy-headed Eagle. Lilly falls heavily for Jarrod but her love is not reciprocated and after a brief fling, Jarrod dumps Lily because he's too busy "training" for his all-important payback mission. But neither of them can anticipate just what kind of grit the steadfastly optimistic Lily will show in her heartbreak. As Jarrod's day of reckoning arrives, and everything hits the fan, Jarrod and Lily will find something that goes beyond romantic fantasies and revenge -- faith in who they are.
EAGLE VS SHARK is written and directed by Taika Waititi in her debut feature. The cast of New Zealanders includes Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Brian Sergent and Joel Tobeck. The film is set to the mesmerizing sounds of rising New Zealand pop artists The Phoenix Foundation.