US/UK/Greece/Israel 2021, 121 min Director Maggie Gyllenhaal
For her indelible feature directing debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal (MVFF Mind the Gap Award, 2018) adapts Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel, in which a vacationing professor’s concern for a young mother triggers an uneasy reckoning with her own volatile introduction to parenthood. Oscar®-winner Olivia Colman commands in the prickly lead role, effortlessly navigating a tempestuous sea of subtext. Psychological undertones imbue a rich register of suspense that transcends genre. Gyllenhaal’s provocative, emotionally intelligent sensibility is as finely developed in writing and directing as it has been in her acting, and what’s so bold about The Lost Daughter is its refreshingly frank assessment of the tension between fulfillment in erotic adult life and responsibility for the nurturance of children. It’s also to Gyllenhaal’s great credit that Colman’s shrewdly cast co-stars, including Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Paul Mescal, and Peter Sarsgaard, seem like kindred spirits. This is an exemplary ensemble. –Jonathan Kiefer
Our Spotlight program features a screening of The Lost Daughter, an onstage conversation with writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal and producers Osnat Handelsman-Keren and Talia Kleinhendler, and the presentation of the MVFF Ensemble Award.
Reception sponsored by
Saturday, Oct 16, 6:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
Program: $40 Member | $45 General
Sunday, Oct 17, 12:00pm, CinéArts Sequoia
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Academy Award®-nominated actor Maggie Gyllenhaal (MVFF Spotlight 2018) branched into producing with the television series The Deuce (2017-2019) and The Kindergarten Teacher (MVFF 2018). The Lost Daughter is her first feature as a writer and director.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elena Ferrante (novel)
Charles Dorfman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler