About the Film
About the Director
LABOR DAY, from writer/director Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR, JUNO), centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele (Kate Winslet) while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Jason Reitman was born in Montreal and grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied creative writing at the University of California. He has directed the features THANK YOU FOR SMOKING ('05), JUNO ('07, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and Director) and UP IN THE AIR ('09, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay), which screened at HIFF. His other features are YOUNG ADULT ('11) and LABOR DAY ('13).