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American Woman

Directed by Semi Chellas
Canada / United States, 2019 (fiction, 87 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Femme américaine"

Film Description:
"A political activist (Hong Chau) helps take care of a group of America's most wanted fugitives—including a well-known, recently radicalized heiress—in this fictionalized reimagining of the Patty Hearst affair. [...] Drawing on Susan Choi's novel, Chellas' film takes the perspective of Jenny (Chau), a dedicated activist who has been living underground for years. Recruited by a shady publisher, Jenny is tasked with keeping a group of revolutionaries off the grid while they write a book for him. Among them is Pauline (Gadon), like Hearst a wealthy convert to revolution who might be in over her head. Tensions with her comrades Juan (John Gallagher Jr.) and Yvonne (Lola Kirke) threaten to explode, and Jenny is responsible for keeping this volatile group together and hidden from the Feds. With outstanding work from cinematographer Greg Middleton and composer Lesley Barber, Chellas gives her film the look and feel of a classic political thriller. [...]"
-- Toronto International Film Festival (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Semi Chellas
Based on: American Woman, a novel by Susan Choi
Produced by: Christina Piovesan, Noah Segal, Semi Chellas, Pamela Koffler, David Hinojosa, Abigail Disney, Adrienne Becker, Angie Wang, Laurie May, Adrian Love, Hong Chau, Sally Catto, Mehernaz Lentin, Susan Kelly, Emily Kulasa
Principal Cast: Hong Chau, Sarah Gadon, Lola Kirke, John Gallagher Jr., Ellen Burstyn, David Cubitt
Cinematography: Greg Middleton
Film Editing: Lindsay Allikas
Music: Lesley Barber
Production Company: First Generation Films, Elevation Pictures

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