Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.
Wes Anderson’s style impressed the Truly Moving Picture Award jury with its superb and original technical achievements. Every frame brought a stunning amount of color and precision to the tale of two runaway kids who are in love. The jury found the film to be a very creative and delightful story filled with quirky characters. Through the entertaining absurdities, there was resonance about the youths’ genuine love and the struggles of adolescence without a family that understands you.