Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Sabrina Doyle
USA, 2020, 111m
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Moving west for their newest film, the producers of The Florida Project—along with first-time writer/director Sabrina Doyle—explore how our decisions, both good and bad, define our journey through adulthood. And what is not to like about a film that begins with a motorcycle club holding an all-night orgy in a member’s honor the night he walks out of prison, and ends with a mermaid realizing her dream? Back in his small Oregon hometown, after his 15-year term, and living in a halfway house run by the no-nonsense Pastor Gail, Wayland (Pablo Schrieber, Orange is the New Black) tries to re-connect with his high-school sweetheart, Dolores (Jena Malone, The Neon Demon). Wayland negotiates his relationships with Pastor Gail, his parole officer, his drug dealing MC, and the three children Dolores had during his imprisonment. This beautifully acted film—nominated for four awards, including Best New Narrative Filmmaker, at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival—explores whether we are truly capable of change.