Nowhere Special – Director Uberto Pasolini

James Norton (Bob Marley: One Love, Little Women) stars as John, a 35-year-old window cleaner who has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael (Daniel Lamont), after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined  to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. Although initially certain of what he is looking for in the perfect family, John gradually abandons his early convictions, over- whelmed by doubts on the decision. How can he judge a family from a brief encounter? And does he know his own child well enough to make this choice for him? As John struggles to find the right answer to his impossible task, he comes to accept the help of a young social worker, opening himself to solutions he would never have considered. And he finally comes to accept his anger at the injustice of his destiny, the need to share the truth with his son, and to follow the child’s instincts on the biggest decision of their lives. Director / Producer / Writer Uberto Pasolini joins us for a conversation on bringing lead actor James Norton (John), how he found BIFA nominated actor Daniel Lamont (Michael), how they became trusted friends before and during the shoot and the story behind this unfettered and heartfelt film.


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BIFA Award for Breakthrough Performance Daniel Lamont
BIFA Award for Best Actor, James Norton
Opens April 26 In NYC at the Quad Cinema and
in LA Laemmle Royal,
National Rollout to Follow

About the filmmaker – Uberto Pasolini founded Red Wave Films in 1993. He produced “The Full Monty,” which took over 250 million dollars at the worldwide box office, won a Bafta for Best Film and was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. Other Red Wave produced films include “Palookaville” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In 2007 Uberto directed, wrote and produced “Machan,” winner of numerous international awards including the Europa Cinemas Label Award in Venice. “Still Life,” his second feature, starred Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt and went on to win Best Director, Orizzonti, Venice 2013 and numerous international festival awards. “Nowhere Special” starring James Norton premiered in Orizzonti at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. Numerous festival awards included the Audience Awards at the Warsaw FF, Valladolid and Pula. His latest feature “The Return,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, was shot last summer in Corfu and Rome and is currently in post-production. Past TV credits include “The Full Monty” series for Disney on which he was the Executive Producer. 


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” [Norton’s] performance is tremendous.” The Guardian

“Norton’s performance dominates, with a battered, hangdog demeanour and the most syllable-perfect Belfast accent since Daniel Day-Lewis in In the Name of the Father.” – Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

“Norton is spectacular, but little Lamont delivers one of those uncanny performances that doesn’t seem like acting, and makes you feel for the kid almost as much as his onscreen parent does.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“There are so many ways to go wrong with this story, which we are told was inspired by an unidentified real father and son. [Pasolini] does not let that happen, relying on the most ordinary details to take on greater and greater weight.” – Nell Minow,

“There is something quite profound here about learning to achieve what you can in the moment and for making peace with a situation you are unable to change.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film