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I AM DAVID
USA: Lions Gate Entertainment
UK: Enjoy Cinema
Cast: Ben Tibber, Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright, Hristo Shopov, Silvia De Santis, Paco Reconti, Roberto Attias, Francesco De Vito, Paul Feig, Lucy Russell, Maria Bonnevie, Viola Carinci, Marin Jivkov, Robert Syulev, Alessandro Sperduti, Shaila Rubin, Krassimir Kutzuparov, Elisabetta Bartolomei, Krassimir Radkov, Deyan Machev, Nikola Rudarov, Enrico Vecchi, Dobrin Dossev, Malin Krastev, Matt Patresi, Maxim Genchev, Ivan Nestorov, Stefan Shteref, Valery Yordanov, Clem Tibber, Adrian McCourt, Panayot Tzanev, Nikolai Kipchev, Stephen Antonie Shteref, Paraskeva Djukelova
Director: Paul Feig
USA: 95 mins
UK: 91 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild threat
USA Rated: PG for thematic elements and violent content
USA Release Date: 3 December 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 5 November 2004
An extraordinary family adventure, I AM DAVID follows a twelve year-old boy as he boldly escapes from an East European prison camp and makes an incredible personal journey to freedom. Fleeing with only a compass, half a loaf of bread and a sealed, secret letter he must carry across the continent, David cannot foresee the dramatic odyssey that awaits him. From stowing away on a ship bound for Italy, to facing his fears of the dangerous outside world, to the unexpected revelation of his true identity, David discovers for the first time the real meaning of courage, trust, laughter and hope.
Based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel by Anne Holm, I AM DAVID tells the story of David (Ben Tibber), a boy who has grown up a captive in a 1950s labor camp with almost no knowledge of the outside world or what happened to his family. Everything he knows about life has been taught to him by his fellow prisoner and mentor Johannes (Jim Caviezel). Relying on his wits and courage, David manages to evade the prison commandos, attempt a dangerous border crossing and hide away on a freighter headed for Italy, but his adventure is only just beginning.
When David is taken in by a kind aristocratic Italian family, he is so happy to at last have a home, he almost gives up on his quest to reach Denmark. But the journey must go on. Haunted by memories, David crosses into Switzerland, where he meets an artist recovering from her own tragedy, Sophie (Joan Plowright), the woman who will help him find the key to his identity and his destiny at last.
The film is written and directed by Paul Feig (the Emmy-nominated creator of television's FREAKS AND GEEKS). The cast includes Oscar nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Joan Plowright (ENCHANTED APRIL), acclaimed American actor Jim Caviezel (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST) and newcomer Ben Tibber in the role of David. The producers are Clive Parsons, Davina Belling and Lauren Levine.