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This week, FilmBuff releases writer/director Nadia Litz’s atmospheric mystery thriller, The People Garden, in Los Angeles theaters and on VOD. The story follows a young woman named Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) into the depths of a Japanese forest as she looks for her missing rock star boyfriend, who vanished from the set of a music video that he put together at the last minute.
Great to speak with you today, Nadia. I’m really fascinated by the Suicide Forest, so I thought this was a really interesting take on that environment. Was this something that you just tried to go in and explore, or was it something you researched? I'm curious what the draw was for you. »
- Heather Wixson
Gus Van Sant’s latest film “The Sea of Trees” prominently features the Aokigahara forest, popularly known as “The Suicide Forest” because of its reputation as one of the most popular suicide spots in the world. However, Van Sant isn’t the only director with a film that explores the mystery and danger of the Suicide Forest. First there was the supernatural horror film “The Forest,” and now there’s Nadia Litz’s latest film “The People Garden.”
The film follows Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway), a young woman who travels to Japan to break up with her rocker boyfriend Jamie (François Arnaud). But when she arrives, Jamie is nowhere to be found and was last seen shooting a music video at the base of the Aokigahara forest. Sweetpea resolves to find him with the help of local ranger Mak (Jai West), but she soon discovers a mystery far larger than she anticipated. »
- Annakeara Stinson
You wait for a Hollywood movie to feature the legendary Japanese forest known as Aokigahara – Aka the suicide forest – and suddenly three arrive (almost) at once. The first two, The Sea of Trees and the Natalie Dormer-fronted horror pic The Forest, ultimately failed to impress. But third time’s a charm, right?
The latest movie to take place under the shadow of Mt. Fiji is The People Garden, Nadia Litz’s character-driven drama that follows Dree Hemingway into the bowels of Aokigahara. Having made the long trip to Japan to severe ties with her rock star boyfriend Jamie, Hemingway’s Sweetpea is a woman on a mission, but our lead character soon begins to suspect something is amiss when her significant other is nowhere to be found.
- Michael Briers
A trailer has arrived online for writer-director Nadia Litz’s upcoming mystery drama The People Garden which stars Dree Hemingway, Pamela Anderson, François Arnaud, Jai West, and James Le Gros; take a look below…
Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) flies to Japan to break up with her rock star boyfriend. When she arrives, her boyfriend has disappeared, last seen shooting a music video with a 90’s sex symbol (Pamela Anderson) in a Japanese forest that harbors a dark secret. Sweetpea sets out to solve the mystery of Jamie’s disappearance, not knowing that the forest is most famous as a destination for suicide.
The People Garden is set for release on September 13th.
- Amie Cranswick
In Nadia Litz's new feature film "The People Garden," the mysterious Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) travels to Japan to break up with Jamie (Francois Arnaud), her rock star boyfriend who's currently shooting a music video there with '90s sex symbol Signe (Pamela Anderson). When she arrives, the production crew informs her that Jamie has gone missing and was last seen deep in the forrest shooting the video. Sweetpea pledges to solve Jamie's disappearance with the help of cagey ranger Mak (Jai West), but she soon discovers a mystery far larger than she anticipated. Watch the trailer for "The People Garden" above. Read More: Monterey Media Acquires Female-Centric Western 'Big Muddy' "The People Garden" is Nadia Litz's second feature film after 2014's "Hotel Congress." She is best known as an actress, performing in such films like Jeremy Podeswa's "The Five Senses," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Fear X, »
- Vikram Murthi
5 items from 2016
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