THE VLADAR COMPANY PRESENTS
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE CATALINA SANDINO MORENO STARS IN ANDREA PALLAORO’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT FEATURE, AN UNFORGETTABLE CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON A CLASSIC TRAGEDY
Opens in New York City on January 16, 2015
“Andrea Pallaoro’s feature debut scores highly with its exquisite beauty and fine performances.” –Stephen Dalton, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A primal tragedy rendered with exquisite imagery…a striking debut feature…”
–Dennis Harvey, VARIETY
“A Must-See” –INDIEWIRE
A lyrical portrait of a rural American family’s inner lives, their relationship to their ever-shifting landscape, and their growing alienation with each other, MEDEAS is the acclaimed debut feature of Italian-born filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro. Offering a contemporary variation on the time-honored tradition of the Greek tragedy, ‘MEDEA’, Pallaoro’s film investigates the all-too-human sense of disconnection and its relationship to the equally human desire for intimacy. MEDEAS stars the remarkable Catalina Sandino Moreno, a Best Actress Oscar nominee for Maria Full of Grace, and Brían F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead) a Tony Award winner for the Broadway drama Frozen.
The winner of the New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for MEDEAS, filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro also won the award for Best Director at the Marrakech International Film Festival and the Parajanov Prize for Best Poetic Vision at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. Additionally, among several other recognitions, the film won the UK-Italy Creative Industries Award for Best Innovative Budget at the Venice Film Festival, and Catalina Sandino Moreno won Best Actress in the New Director’s Competition at the Nashville Film Festival.
Pallaoro’s driving focus behind the making of this film was to develop a cinematic language that most closely reflects his perception and vision. Throughout the film, locations are treated as subjects in themselves and have been deliberately chosen to behave as a visual extension of the characters’ inner worlds, echoing their sensations, anxieties, and alienation. To further enhance the film’s richness and provide the most visually stunning presentation, MEDEAS was filmed in 35mm format.
Largely based on real events taken from newspapers and court trials, MEDEAS features a ravishing visual style and a contemplative narrative approach that’s immediately reminiscent of the works of Terrence Malick and Michelangelo Antonioni. But Pallaoro’s first film is all his own—an undeniably passionate, personal work meticulously crafted with primal beauty and punctuated with sensational performances by its two leading players.
Following its acclaimed rollout to film festivals around the world, The Vladar Company is excited to present the limited theatrical engagement of MEDEAS at the Village East Cinema in New York City beginning January 16th.
More information on MEDEAS can be found on at the film’s website at http://www.medeasthefilm.com.
MEDEAS — Synopsis:
MEDEAS is an intimate portrait of a rural family’s inner lives and their relationship to a harsh and shifting landscape. Ennis, a stern, hard-working dairy farmer struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment, while his wife, Christina, retreats into herself, progressively disconnecting from him an their five children. As tensions increase, each character must confront their yearnings and anxieties, culminating in a dangerous conflict between control and freedom, intimacy, and alienation. A journey into the unpredictable boundaries of human behavior, MEDEAS explores the desperate lengths people are driven to by love and self-preservation.