Downtown Express (2011)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 20, 2012 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Grammy-nominated classical violinist Philippe Quint and singer/songwriter Nellie McKay star in this tale of a Russian immigrant torn between the music of the streets and a career on the stage while attempting to live up to his father's high expectations. Trained by his cellist father Vadim since he was just a young boy, Russian violinist Sasha (Quint) earns a scholarship to Julliard, and begins training to become a classical musician. Meanwhile, Vadim and Sasha's cousin Arkady face deportation when their visas expire, prompting the talented young violinist to fear that he, too, may be in the U.S. on borrowed time. Now, as the recital that could launch Sasha's career draws close, a chance meeting with talented street performer Ramona (McKay) shows him a side of the music he's never known. Sensing that his heart is leading him down a different path than the one carved out for him by his domineering father, Sasha joins Ramona's band and realizes that he'll never be his own man until he finds the courage to break free from his father, and embrace the music that truly moves him.



career, cello, music, musician, Russian [nationality], scholarship, violinist