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Side Streets (1998)

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Tony Gerber made his directorial debut with this anthology film, a comedy-drama that opens with a 1950s black-and-white newsreel focusing on the ethnic diversity of New York City. This multicultural mix is dramatized in five interlinked tales set in each of NYC's five boroughs on a hot summer day: In Manhattan, a Soho fashion designer on the brink of eviction begins a relationship with a Japanese department store buyer. In the Bronx, the daughter of a Puerto Rican baker thinks her lover can provide a portal to a glamorous, successful life. For the Queens segment, Gerber expanded his 1995 short film, A Small Taste of Heaven, about a gambling Romanian butcher's apprentice who dreams of someday purchasing a nice suburban house for his wife. On Staten Island, the wife of an Indian limousine driver is treated like a servant by her husband's visiting brother. In Brooklyn, a West Indian man makes the mistake of pawning his wife's family heirlooms to buy a Cadillac. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.

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Cast

Valeria Golino
as Sylvie Otti
Shashi Kapoor
as Vikram Raj
Leon
as Errol Boyce
Art Malik
as Bipin Raj
Shabana Azmi
as Chandra Raj
Mirjana Jokovic
as Elena Iscovescu
John Ortiz
as Ramon Yanes
David Vadim
as Josif Iscovescu
Rosario Dawson
as Marisol Hidalgo
Aunjanue Ellis
as Brenda Boyce
Gary Perez
as Victor
Miho Nikaido
as Yuki Shimamura
Victor Argo
as Albani Krug
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