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Medeas FFF 2014
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  • Directed by: Andrea pallaoro
  • USA, 2013, 98 minutes
  • In English
  • Southeast Premiere

Actions speak louder than words in this story of betrayal and love. In the style of a languid Italian thriller, as beautiful as it is bleak, and shot in glorious 35mm, award-winning director Andrea Pallaoro’s MEDEAS documents the breakdown of a California farming family. The visually ravishing result—part Antonioni, part Greek tragedy—world-premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. One glare from sullen patriarch Ennis (Brian O’Byrne, Million Dollar Baby) speaks volumes as he and Christina (Oscar® nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace), his deaf and beautiful younger wife, live with their five children in near silence. Her brazen lust for a local mechanic becomes a small-town secret known to everyone, setting tensions to boil, and when Christina loses interest in conjugal intimacy, her husband tumbles into madness. In the chilling finale, Pallaoro peels back the layers of family and confronts head-on our perceptions of alienation and intimacy, control and freedom. A journey into the unpredictable boundaries of human behavior, MEDEAS explores the desperate lengths people are driven to by love and self-preservation.