Director: Braden King
Writer(s): Dani Valent and King
Producers: Parts and Labor’s Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen
Distributor: Rights Available.
Photo Exclusive: Featuring Lubna Azabal and Ben Foster. (Photo credit) Lion & Wheel.
The Gist: Will Shepard (Foster) is an American satellite-mapping engineer contracted to create a new, more accurate survey of the country of Armenia. Within the industry, his solitary work – land-surveying satellite images to check for accuracy and resolve anomalies – is called “ground-truthing”. He’s been doing it on his own, for years, all over the world, but on this trip, his measurements are not adding up. Will meets Gadarine Najarian (Lubna Azabal) at a rural hotel. ….(more)
Cast: Lubna Azabal and Ben Foster.
Why is it on the list?: It’s hard enough making an indie film, even more difficult to make an indie film in a country that doesn’t have the infrastructure for filmmaking whatsoever. I imagine that the screenplay about a human connection between two people via a landscape that is foreign to them may hold something special since it was workshopped and supported by the folks at Sundance, Rotterdam, Tribeca and Cannes.
Release Date/Status?: Was still in post when Sundance made its selections, so this is going to a Cannes sidebar and it might make sense for a U.S. preem at NYFF.