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A young woman brings anguish to herself and those around her through her blind devotion to her imprisoned husband, until a chance encounter leads her to reclaim the life she had almost given away. Writer-director Ava DuVernay won the Best Director prize at Sundance for her elegant, emotionally complex second feature.
Best Director, Sundance Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2012
The elegant and emotionally complex second feature from writer-director Ava DuVernay follows Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi), a young woman from Compton whose life revolves around her imprisoned husband Derek (Omari Hardwick), who is serving an eight-year sentence for an unspecified crime. As the sacrifices Ruby has made for Derek begin to take their toll on her, a chance encounter with a gentle bus driver (David Oyelowo) — and the revelation of a shocking betrayal — forces Ruby to confront the choices she has made, and find the possibility of reclaiming the life she nearly let slip away. Graced with outstanding performances from its remarkable cast, beautiful cinematography by Bradford Young and masterfully subtle writing and direction from DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere is "a plaintive, slow-boiling, quietly soul-stirring drama about a woman coming into her own . . . DuVernay is after something exquisitely simple [here]: she wants you to look, really look, at her characters" (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).