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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Inland Road’

18 February 2017 11:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Inland Road,” the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of New Zealand’s isolated Otago region on the South Island provide a scenic backdrop to — and the most unique aspect of — a slender coming-of-age tale from debuting feature writer-director Jackie van Beek. The loose, performance-focused drama follows troubled Maori teen Tia (camera-friendly non-profressional actress Gloria Popata), who survives a fatal road accident while hitchhiking and is subsequently sheltered by the car’s driver, despite the objections of his wife. As the physically and emotionally-wounded Tia slowly comes to terms with her turbulent past, her sometimes confrontational presence provokes a crisis in the marriage of her hosts. Further fest action seems likely for this small-scale but strikingly-shot film.

Much like laconic 16-year-old Tia (whose curvaceous body, smoking habit and way with a rifle make her seem more mature than her age), van Beek’s spare narrative only parsimoniously doles out information, something »

- Alissa Simon

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LevelK takes Berlin Generation titles 'Inland Road' and 'Oskar's America'

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: LevelK boards pair of Berlin world premieres.

LevelK has boarded sales for two films having world premieres in Berlinale’s Generation selection: The Inland Road [pictured] and Oskar’s America.

The Inland Road (Generation 14plus), the debut feature from New Zealand writer/director Jackie van Beek, is a coming-of-age drama about a 16-year-old Maori runaway who develops a surprising bond with a family she meets after a fatal car accident.

Aaron Watson produces for Sabertooth Films. The cast features Gloria Popata, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, David Elliot, Jodie Hillock and Georgina Spillane.

“What I most hope to express through this film is the great capacity we have as human beings for love, kindness and forgiveness,” the director said.

Van Beek is also an actress who is best known for What We Do In The Shadows; her short Go The Dogs played at the 2011 Berlinale.

Torfinn Iversen’s Norwegian-Swedish family film Oskar’s America (Generation Kplus) is about a 10-year-old »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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