Land takes us deep into the picturesque Alberta, Canada, to face grief when a mother, played by Robyn Wright, throws herself into seclusion to try and make it on her own.
The film is Wright’s directorial debut, and she chatted with Sundance guests about filming such an emotional story. It’s fascinating to think that a movie could be shot in only 29 days, but when extreme weather is a factor, you film what you can, when you can. This included a 24 hour period that all the summer scenes were filmed. Wright said that it was a busy day of filming to get those warm shots.
They also decided to hold the way her family died until the very end of the movie to bring the focus to Edee’s grief and struggles in the wilderness. Wright believes it makes the story stronger for audiences.
The story is a deep look into processing grief in different ways. Edee chooses to live off the land in a remote cabin in the mountains. She has to learn to survive the weather and the wildlife. It allows her to reconnect with and appreciate the land around her and what it can offer her.
February 12th – Theaters and Streaming
From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her directorial debut LAND, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and, in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.