// Presented as part of Filmatique's American Indie II Series //
Spotlight on Green
Sophia Takal / 2011, SXSW, AFI Fest, BAMcinemaFEST, Boston, Denver, Hamburg, Maryland, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Raindance, Rooftop Film Fest, São Paulo / 72'
Unsatisfied with their life in New York, Genevieve and her boyfriend move to the country where Sebastian, a journalist, can work on his latest project. Bored and neglected, Genevieve spends increasing amounts of time with Robin, a local woman with whom she forges a friendship. Sebastian gets along with Robin quite well too, however— fueling a rivalry between the two women through a landscape of suspicion, envy, and insecurity.
Cocooned in a lush atmosphere of indeterminacy, Green weaves a portrait of the female psyche both subtle and haunting. Sophia Takal's feature film debut premiered at AFI Fest, Raindance, Maryland, SXSW, where it won the Emerging Woman Award; Philadelphia, where it won an Audience Award - Special Mention; and Denver, where it won the Emerging Filmmaker Award.
"As a quiet, tense and near-experimental sexual thriller, Green is effectively haunting… announc[ing] the arrival of a young storyteller with a distinctive vision… Each scene has an almost ghostly feel, particularly once Genevieve begins to project her insecurities onto Robin and Sebastien, imagining that they have started having an affair. The source of suspense lies entirely within one character's fragile mind"
- Eric Kohn, SXSW Review, Indiewire