In its opening moments, the new trailer for Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now,” which has already won a slew of festival audience awards–including at Seattle, Tribeca, Chicago and Woodstock–looks to preview a lighthearted film about drag and disco culture in late 1970s Hollywood. But soon enough, a slow, mournful piano line and the exchange of heartfelt smiles between Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Marco (Isaac Leyva), a young teenager with Down Syndrome, let us know that Mr. Fine has a weightier agenda in mind.
Inspired by actual events, “Any Day Now” is the story of a gay couple’s (Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) fight against a bigoted legal system to keep the disabled child they’ve rescued from a troubled home. With a layered, charismatic performance from Cumming and the film’s blend of salient social issues with warm depictions of unconventional family life, “Any Day Now” is sure to delight all this holiday season.
“Any Day Now” opens in limited release December 14.