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