MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 17-21: AMERICAN FABLE

It’s the mid-80s, and Reaganomics is taking a toll on rural America. Farmers forced to sell off their land are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Gitty, trembling on the verge of puberty, lives with her family, who are struggling to keep their property. Her father Abe is deeply in debt, her mother is pregnant, and her brother Martin is a budding psychopath. So all is not well in the heartland. When Gitty discovers a mysterious man being held captive in the family silo, events gather speed, until they resemble a runaway freight train. Read on…

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Anne Hamilton talks Gender Politics, Career Moves and AMERICAN FABLE – Interview by Gill Pringle (Exclusive)

“I have a huge palette which I intend to use, and I want to be another female director who demonstrate that’s not the case,” says this protege of visionary film-maker Terrence Malick. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, one could argue that American Fable was the film Hamilton was destined to make, letting her imagination run wild as she toiled in corn fields, conjuring up scenes reminiscent of M Night Shyamalan’s Signs, at the same time observing firsthand the shadow cast by Big Agriculture as families lost their farms and livelihoods. Read on…

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