The Unknown Country

An invitation to reunite with her estranged Oglala Lakota family launches a grieving young woman (Lily Gladstone) on an unexpected road trip from the Midwest toward the Texas-Mexico border. In this largely solitary journey with an unknown destination, Tana navigates the complex, post-2016 election social climate, and a natural landscape that is increasingly surreal. Along the way, she bonds with unexpected people that are as much a part of the landscape as the mountains and roads. At times at ease, at times on edge as a woman traveling alone, familiar faces and strangers shape her journey as she grapples with the pain of her recent loss and seeks to understand her place in the world.

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Film Screenings

Mar 13, 2022
3:00pm4:25pm
Mar 14, 9:00am CDT – Mar 16, 9:00am CDT
9:00am10:25am
Availability:United States
Mar 15, 2022
8:45pm10:10pm

Credits

Director:

Morrisa Maltz

Executive Producer:

Miranda Bailey, Rachel Crouch, Veronica Nickel, Natalie Whalen, Gill Holland, Matthew Mills, Steve Malouf

Producer:

Laura Heberton, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Katherine Harper, Vanara Taing, Tommy Heitkamp

Screenwriter:

Written By Morrisa Maltz, Story By Lily Gladstone, Morrisa Maltz, Vanara Taing, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux

Cinematographer:

Andrew Hajek

Editor:

Vanara Taing

Sound Designer:

Liz Marston/Skywalker Sound

Music:

Alexis & Sam (Alexis Marsh/Samuel Jones), Neil Halstead (Slowdive)

Principal Cast:

Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, Richard Ray Whitman, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Devin Shangreaux, Jasmine "Jazzy" Bearkiller Shangreaux, Pam Richter, Dale Leander Toller, Florence R. Perrin, Scott Stampe

Additional Credits:

Drone Cinematography: Will Graham, Production Coordinator: Will Malouf, Production Coordinator: Tracy Mailloux, Production Sound Mixer: Codi Putman, First Assistant Camera: Andrew Newton, Production Sound Recorder: Randal Iverson

Contact

Distributor:

ICM Partners
Jessica.Lacy@icmpartners.com

Public Film Contact:

Jessica Lacy
ICM Partners
jessica.lacy@icmpartners.com

Publicity Contact:

Scott Feinstein
scott.feinstein@42west.net
646-596-5879

Sales Agent:

Jessica Lacy

Details

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Year:

2021

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genre:

Drama, Experimental, Hybrid

Screening Section:

Visions

Screening Category:

Narrative Feature

Country:

United States

Language:

English

Runtime:

85 mins

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