A lyrical portrait of a rural Southern California 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 from the pov of an Italian art filmmaker, on the
time-honored tradition of the Greek tragedy, ‘Medea’, Pallaoro’s film 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 film tells the story of a hard-working Southern California dairy farmer (O’Byrne) struggling to maintain control of his family and his younger, hearing-impaired Latina
wife (Moreno) whose interest in her husband and family is beginning to wane, “Medeas” investigates the all-too-human state of alienation and its
relationship to the equally human desire for intimacy. It’s an outstanding debut feature for writer/director Pallaoro, whose earlier short film
” Wunderkammer” won six international awards and was selected in the official competitions of over fifty film festivals around the world, including the
Sundance Film Festival.
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 presents the limited theatrical engagement of “Medeas” at the Village East theater in New York City beginning December 19th.
The winner of the New Voices/ New Visions Grand Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 for “Medeas“, filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro
also won the award for Best Director at the Marrakech International Film Festival and the Parajanov Prize for Best Visuals and Aesthetics at the Tbilisi
International Film Festival. Additionally, Pallaoro won the UK-Italy Creative Industries Award for Best Innovative Budget at the Venice Film Festival. And
for her starring role in “Medeas“, Catalina Sandino Moreno won Best Actress in the New Director’s Competition at the Nashville Film Festival.
More information on “Medeas“ can be found on at the film’s website at http://www.medeasthefilm.com
“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.
About The Vladar Company:
The Vladar Company is a media and entertainment company, led by Vlad
Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Since its inception in 2008, the company has
catered to the
market’s growing need for entertainment content across multiple
platforms. The company focuses on developing, financing and packaging a
intellectual properties with its producing partners at leading
Hollywood and International production studios. The company is becoming a
of many genres and multiple mediums in U.S. and international markets.
Vladar will continue to develop, finance and release projects in
different formats as well as create and build brands with partners and
the world. Vladar will also focus on creating and developing new
distribution models and contribute to the success of independent film
and TV production.
Its sales and operations will expand nationally and internationally.