The film focuses on the making of an independent movie and its cast who become victims of the dreaded awards buzz. Debut feature director Jay Berman (Christopher Guest), steers cast and crew through a typically tumultuous independent film Home for Purim, an intimate period drama about a Jewish family’s turbulent reunion on the occasion of the dying matriarch’s favorite holiday.When Internet-generated rumors begin circulating that three of Purim’s stars -- faded luminary Marilyn Hack (Catherine O’Hara), journeyman actor and former hot dog pitchman Victor Allan Miller (Harry Shearer), and ingénue Callie Webb (Parker Posey) -- may be perpetrating Award-worthy performances, a rumble of excitement rattles the cast. Once “Hollywood Now” anchors Chuck Porter (Fred Willard) and Cindy Martin (Jane Lynch) pick up the buzz, Award fever infects the entire production. Unit publicist Corey Taft (John Michael Higgins), talent agent Morley Orfkin (Eugene Levy), and producer Whitney Taylor Brown (Jennifer Coolidge) all smell the sudden potential for a sleeper hit. As does Sunfish Classics President Martin Gibb (Ricky Gervais), who suggests some last-minute changes to the film that he feels will broaden the film’s appeal. Meanwhile, Purim’s screenwriters, Lane Iverson (Michael McKean) and Philip Koontz (Bob Balaban) grow steadily more horrified as they watch the first film adaptation of their work diverge from their original story.As the hopeful Purim team careens toward the end of production and the upcoming Award season, tenuous relationships and brittle dreams play out in unexpected ways...
Christopher Guest (New York, 1948) received his dramatic arts training at New York City's High School of Arts and Music and at Bard College. He is an actor, director, writer, musician and composer. For several years, he was a regular guest on "Saturday Night Live" and he played minor acting roles in many films. As a writer and director, he is best known for his hilarious mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theater, dog shows, folk music and cinema.
The Big Picture (1989), Morton & Hayes (TV, 1991), Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV, 1993), Waiting for Guffman (1996), Almost Heroes (1998), D.O.A. (TV, 1999), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006)