New Orleans Film Festival – Fort Maria

When Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 22, 2018 6:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Where The Advocate New Orleans
840 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Price $9-13
Filed In

dir. S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland

Producer: S. Cagney Gentry, Paul Harrill, Thomas Southerland
Writer: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland, Katerina Stoykova
DP: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland
Editor: Thomas Southerland84 min

Housebound by an unexplained fear, Maria takes a Google Maps tour of the lido in her Bulgarian hometown. She tries to hide her anxiety in texts to her grown adopted daughter, Meredith, who’s travelled to North Carolina to meet her biological mother’s sister, Violet. Meanwhile, Maria befriends her neighbor Clara, who is in the midst of a breakup with an abusive girlfriend. Shot in incandescent black and white and written in close collaboration with its four lead actors, Fort Maria arms itself with wistfulness and humor as it throws a gaze of Bergmanesque acuity across a rich dramatic field: scavenged comradeship, tiny braveries, and the chance consolations thrown in the path of solitary souls. -JK