THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY

Bay Area Premiere


SPIRIT | MIND THE GAP | US CINEMA

US 2022, 85 min, Morrisa Maltz

October 10 – CAFILM FREE MEMBER SCREENING

Morrisa Maltz’s staggering second feature is a thousand things at once. It’s an ode to the mysteries of the American Midwest, a joyous meditation on modern Native American life, a seamless amalgam of fiction and documentary, and an unflinching reflection on grief. Reeling from a loved one’s recent death, Tana (Lily Gladstone), a young Native woman, embarks on a solo road trip from Minnesota to the Texas-Mexico border. Along the way, the fictional Tana interacts with real, delightfully idiosyncratic figures, making for a Nomadland-style documentary-feature hybrid, full of tactile, stranger-than-fiction touches. The characters, the ubiquitous looming mountains, the striking neon-bathed rest stops and motel rooms, all are expressed with an overwhelming feeling of humanity. The Unknown Country is a breathtaking and deeply personal account of growth amidst an uplifting search for one’s place in the world. —Aurora Amidon

INVITED GUESTS: writer-director Morrisa Maltz, writer-actor Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, actor Lily Gladstone, writer-editor Vanara Taing

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Showtimes

In-Person


5:15 PM — Sequoia 1

2:30 PM — Rafael 3

Director

Artist and filmmaker Morrisa Maltz studied visual arts at Columbia University. Her documentary, INGRID (2018), won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Featurette at the Red Rock Film Festival.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

85

Director:

Morrisa Maltz

Producers:

Laura Heberton, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Katherine Harper, Morrisa Maltz

Cinematographers:

Andrew Hajek

Editors:

Vanara Taing

Writers:

Morrisa Maltz (script), Lily Gladstone (story), Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux (story), Vanara Taing (story)

Cast:

Lily Gladstone, Richard Ray Whitman, Raymond Lee, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Devin Shangreaux

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