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USA | 2013 | 98 minutes | Andrea Pallaoro

A simmering evocation of marital discord and environmental harshness unfolds in this lush, widescreen psychodrama. Maria Full of Grace's Catalina Sandino Moreno is a restless, hearing-impaired wife of a dairy farmer in this sultry tale of adultery that’s rendered in exquisite visual strokes.

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Inspired both by Greek tragedy and true stories, Medeas quietly reveals the inner desires of a farming family through observational portraits set against an unforgiving and achingly beautiful Southern California landscape, with images harkening back to the early films of Terrence Malick. Times are hard for dairy farmers, especially during a drought, and Ennis’ (Brían O’Byrne, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead) frustrations are starting to boil over. Although he comes down hard on his children—especially his blossoming daughter and his moody teenage son—he is clearly devoted to his family. His hearing-impaired wife, Christina (Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace), performs her duties in the home but her pent-up passion becomes evident when she leaves the homestead. Tensions well up beneath the surface like a tidal wave as Ennis struggles to maintain control of his family and surrounding environment. An archetypal tale of adultery is rendered in exquisite strokes in this stylish, sensual, rural psychodrama from first-time director Andrea Pallaoro.

Director Biography

Andrea Pallaoro is an award-winning film and theatre director whose recent work investigates the human perception of alienation and its relationship to intimacy. His previous film, Wunderkammer, won six international awards and was selected in the official competition of over fifty film festivals around the world, including Sundance 2009. Andrea holds an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. He was born in Trento, Italy and currently resides in Los Angeles. Andrea was recently awarded a 2013 Yaddo Residency.

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Director: Andrea Pallaoro
Principal Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Brían F. O'Byrne, Kevin Alejandro, Ian Nelson, Mary Mouser
Country: USA, Italy, Mexico
Year: 2013
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Kyle Heller, Gina Resnick, Jonathan Venguer, Eleonora Granata Jenkinson, Alexis Seely
Screenplay: Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado
Cinematographers: Chayse Irvin
Editors: Arndt Peemoeller, Isaac Hagy
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Marrakech Film Festival 2013 (Best Director), Palm Springs Film Festival 2014 (New Voices/New Visions Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: TF1 International
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