Offering a contemporary twist on the infamous Greek tragedy “Medea,” “Medeas” is the directorial debut of Italian-born filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace,” and in this year’s “A Most Violent Year”) and Brian F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”). Here’s the synopsis:
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.
The director, who takes visual inspiration from Malick and Antonioni, picked up the Best Innovative Budget prize at the Venice Film Festival. Sandino Moreno, meanwhile, won Best Actress in the New Director’s Competition at the Nashville Film Festival.
Following its acclaimed rollout to film festivals around the world, The Vladar Company presents the limited theatrical engagement of MEDEAS at the Village East theater in New York City beginning December 19th. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “stylish psychodrama full of gorgeous moments;” Variety says it’s “a striking debut feature with exquisite imagery.”