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HALF NELSON continues its remarkable run amid the gauntlet of the awards season as it carries on picking up awards and nominations.

Widely applauded by critics in both the US and UK, Ryan Gosling has been nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the 79th Academy Awards 2007. Gosling also recently received a SAG nomination for his subtle but breathtaking performance. HALF NELSON has picked up five nominations for the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, as well as taking home a trio of prizes at the annual IFP Gotham Awards. Along with the best feature prize, the film walked off with honours in the other two categories in which it was nominated - a director's prize for Ryan Fleck, who co-wrote the film with producer and editor Anna Boden, and a Breakthrough Actor award for newcomer Shareeka Epps. The Gothams marked the end of a very successful 2006 for HALF NELSON, which won 15 further festival prizes across the US and Europe, was named in over 70 American film critics’ end of year lists for best film, and enjoyed a very strong theatrical release in the US.

HALF NELSON tells the story of an inner city high school teacher Dan Dunne (Gosling). Dynamic and inspirational in the classroom, he spends his time outside of school on the edge of consciousness. His personal disappointments and disillusionment have led to a serious drug habit. An unexpected friendship emerges between Dan and one of his students, Drey (Epps), after she finds out the secrets of his parallel life. Smart, moving and politically engaged HALF NELSON is one of the most exciting American independent films in years. Strong performances from the cast and an original score that includes Canadian indie rock group Broken Social Scene, enable director Ryan Fleck to weave together a moving story of redemption in an unforgiving world.

HALF NELSON is due to be released in the UK on April 20th 2007 nationwide.

Indie Scorcher with 2007’s Hottest Actor... Witty, harrowing and glinting with edge, Half Nelson is 2007’s must-see indie.

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one of the best films at the London Film Festival... I'm already saving a berth for it on my Top 10 for 2007.

Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER