Materna

US Narrative Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA, Kyrgyzstan | 105 MINUTES

MATERNA

New York, Women, Drama, Politics

Jean (Kate Lyn Sheil), Mona (Jade Eshete), Ruth (Lindsay Burdge), and Perizad (Assol Abdullina) are four radically different women whose lives are separated by race, culture, religion, and class but connected by the complexities of motherhood. When they face a threat on the New York City subway, their shared isolation suddenly becomes a shared connection, inextricably bounding their lives together.

This utterly unique and original psychological portrait features impressive performances from its diverse female-led cast, grounded by a riveting script co-written by Eshete, Abdullina and director David Gutnik. An elegant, haunting score and stunning cinematography lend the diverse stories an authentic sense of intimacy, unafraid to tackle inherently divisive topics like abortion, suicide, homophobia, and racism with clarity and sincerity. Stylistically brilliant with the theme of motherhood woven throughout in innovative ways, this is a film that is universal in scope and urgent in timing. The collaboration between Gutnik, Eshete, and Abdullina has certainly forged a unique cinematic voice with this gripping directorial debut. —Sarah Dawson


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by David Gutnik

David Gutnik is a Russian-American writer-director from Brooklyn. He is the editor of several award winning feature films, including Christina Choe’s 2018 Sundance Award-Winning Nancy. A 2017 Sundance Institute Fellow, Gutnik received an MFA in Film at Columbia University. Materna is his feature debut.

Director
David Gutnik
Producer
Liz Cardenas, Emily McEvoy
Screenwriter
David Gutnik, Jade Eshete, Assol Abdullina
Cinematographer
Greta Zozula, Chananun Chotrungroj, Kelly Jeffrey
Editor
Elizabeth Rao, Brúsi Ólason
Composer
Andrew Orkin
Production Designer
Heather Yancey, April Lasky, Rasul Kochkorbaev
Executive Producer
Amman Abbasi, Jade Eshete, Assol Abdullina
Associate Producer
Emily McCann Lesser
Co-Producer
Katy Hallowell
Costume Designer
Akua Murray Adoboe, Elvira Kochkorbaev
Music Supervisor
Lauren Fay
Sound Editor
Roland Vajs
Color
Damien Van Der Cruyssen
Cast
Kate Lyn Sheil, Lindsay Burdge, Jade Eshete, Rory Culkin, Michael Chernus, Sturgill Simpson, Assol Abdullina

CONTACTS

US Sales Contact
Liz Cardenas
Ten to the Six Pictures
Dallas, TX 75236
lizcfilm@gmail.com
International Sales Contact
Liz Cardenas
Ten to the Six Pictures
Dallas, TX 75236
lizcfilm@gmail.com
Print Source
Emily McEvoy
Mother May i
Brooklyn, NYmaternathemovie@gmail.com
Press Contact
RJ Millard
Obscured Pictures
NYC, NY 10010
Phone: 212 620 0727
rj@obscuredpictures.com
US Sales Contact
Liz Cardenas
Ten to the Six Pictures
Dallas, TX 75236
MaternaTheMovie@gmail.com
International Sales Contact
Liz Cardenas
Ten to the Six Pictures
Dallas, TX 75236
MaternaTheMovie@gmail.com