Writer-director Leah Meyerhoff is combining fantasy and whirlwind romance in her first feature film, “I Believe in Unicorns.” The Student Academy Award nominee’s debut stars a handful of emerging acting talents, including Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner and Amy Seimetz, and has the backing of Oscar-nomainted producer Heather Rae (“Frozen River”).
The film’s official synopsis reads: “Davina (Dyer) is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy (Vack). Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge. The movie takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.”
“Unicorns” premiered in competition at last year’s SXSW Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in Atlanta. It has also picked up additional awards from festivals in Nashville, Woodstock, Anchorage and San Francisco. The film will be released theatrically in New York on May 29, in San Francisco on June 12 and in Los Angeles on June 19.