Archive of films To the Stars / To the Stars

USA
2019, 111 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2019

Bullied by her classmates, reclusive Iris finds small-town life pure torment; for self-assured Maggie, however, moving to the provinces provides an opportunity to stand out from the rest. A film excelling in finely wrought detail that takes us back to the 1960s, a time when society, bound by gender prejudice, detested the idea of individuality in women.


Synopsis

1960s, Oklahoma. Bullied by her classmates, reclusive Iris finds small-town life pure torment; for self-assured Maggie, however, moving to the sticks provides an opportunity to stand out from the rest. What begins as an uneven relationship between two very different girls gradually grows into a sturdy friendship which starts to bring Iris out of her shell. But as the heroines soon discover, a society bound by gender traditions doesn’t easily tolerate those who step out of line. In all its fine-spun detail, the story told by director Martha Stephens conveys a black-and-white, almost dreamlike existence. At first glance it might seem remote to us yet it still tilts a mirror towards today’s world.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Martha Stephens (b. 1984, Huntington, West Virginia, USA). Filmography: Echo Hollow (2005, short), Ant Hills (2006, short), Passenger Pigeons (2010), Pilgrim Song (2012), Land Ho! (2014, with Aaron Katz), To the Stars (2019)

Contacts

International Film Trust
8383 Wilshire Blvd., CA 9021, Beverly Hills
United States of America
Tel: +1 424 278 4224
E-mail: toddo@iftsales.com

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About the film

Black & white, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
   
Director: Martha Stephens
Screenplay: Shannon Bradley-Colleary
Dir. of Photography: Andrew Reed
Music: Heather McIntosh
Editor: Nathan Whiteside
Art Director: Jonathan Guggenheim
Producer: Kristin Mann, Laura D. Smith
Production: Prowess Pictures
Coproduction: Northern Lights Films, Foton Pictures, Rockhill Studios
Cast: Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro, Malin Akerman, Lucas Zumann, Tony Hale
Sales: International Film Trust

Guests

Martha Stephens

Film Director

Laura D. Smith

Producer


Kristin Mann

Producer

Shannon Colleary

Screenwriter


Kara Hayward

Liana Liberato


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