Sunday (1997 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Nossiter
Written by James Lasdun
Jonathan Nossiter
Starring David Suchet
Lisa Harrow
Release dates
January, 1997 (premiere at Sundance)
22 August 1997 (USA)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sunday is a 1997 independent film. Set in Queens, a borough of New York City, it is a dark comedy about an unemployed, homeless IBM functionary mistaken by an aging actress for famous film director Matthew Delacorta. The film was directed by Jonathan Nossiter. The screenplay is an adaptation by Nossiter and James Lasdun or Lasdun's own short story "Ate, Memos or the Miracle" (published in his collection of stories, Three Evenings). The two would later collaborate again on Signs & Wonders.

Starring David Suchet (who reportedly added 40 pounds for his role), as well as Lisa Harrow and Jared Harris, it was shot on location in Queens and in an active homeless shelter, blending actors and non-actors.



The film won the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize for Best Film and Best Screenplay. It also won the Deauville Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Film and its International Critics' prize. It marked Nossiter's debut at Cannes in the "Un Certain Regard" section[1] (his 2004 Mondovino was in competition for the Palme d'Or) and was also included in The Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films Festival.


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Sunday". Retrieved 2009-09-27.
Preceded by
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Dramatic
Succeeded by

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