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A man finds himself caught between several worlds -- rough real life and a number of parallel fantasy lands -- in this blend of drama and fantasy. Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berríos) is a painfully shy young man from Ecuador who has immigrated to the United States. Jorge keeps body and soul together by washing dishes at a greasy-spoon diner in a Queens, NY neighborhood that's dominated by a wide variety of fellow immigrants. Jorge spends most of his days at work being harassed by Rick (Mandy Patinkin), the diner's owner, and loud-mouthed manager Jerry (Aaron Paul). One of the only people at the diner who shows any kindness to Jorge is Amy (Eugenia Yuan), an Asian waitress, and Jorge has become deeply infatuated with her. However, Jerry also has his eyes on Amy, only adding to the tension between him and Jorge. As Jorge struggles to escape his grim circumstances, he passes into a variety of alternate realities, ranging from a pastel-colored wonderland ruled by animated bunnies to a grassy sylvan landscape past a fence. Choking Man was written and directed by Steve Barron, best known for his groundbreaking work in music videos; the film received its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 2007


Kate Buddeke
as Teri
Philippe Brenninkmeyer
as Germanic Man
Eugenia Yuan
as Amy
Rupak Ginn
as Din
Aaron Paul
as Jerry
Mandy Patinkin
as Rick
Al Roffe
as chef
Mando Alvarado
as stand-in chef
Paolo Andino
as Choking Man
Russell Jones
as Subway Man
Philip Levy
as Middle-Aged Customer
Ruth Jaffe
as female diner
Stewart Steinberg
as Gruff Thrift Helper
Rudy Roberson
as Kenny
Oliver Barron
as Construction Worker
Jaime Tirelli
as Priest
Irma St. Paule
as Female Diner's Mother
Marika Daciuk
as Rick's Wife


Steven Barron
Steven Barron
Zachary Mortensen
Josh Zeman
Steven Barron
Antoine Vivas-Denisov
Nico Muhly
Composer (Music Score)
Todd Holmes
Jon Griggs
Ethan Tobman
Production Designer
Rebecca Hofherr
Costume Designer
Tammy Douglas
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellyn Marshall
Marie E. Nelson