Robin Wright’s LAND
- By Quendrith Johnson
- Photo Courtesy of FOCUS FEATURES
“It’s very timely this movie is coming out now,” says actor Robin Wright of directorial debut LAND. “This (COVID) existence of being alone… It is definitely altering the psyche.” LAND, which Focus Features will release on March 5, is seemingly about geography and how to heal from catastrophic grief in isolation, as main character Edee sets out to do in the snow-capped Rockies of Wyoming. But there’s a double entendre here, “when one lands, finally, in a place of renewal.” No spoilers, but Edee realizes “it generally does take another human being to help you through difficult times.” Throughout LAND there’s an authentic feel, created not only by the director’s decision to hoist a cabin up 8,000 feet after it was built. “I learned to chop wood, and skin a deer,” Wright reveals.
Unlike wilderness films WILD or CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, LAND is a visual essay for Pandemic times. Demián Bichir is perfectly cast as co-conspirator in the effort it takes to hope again. Birchir had one key note on the 29-day shoot. “He said ‘if you can give me one thing, about who this character is to you?’ I said, ‘He’s Edee’s saint.’” Wright adds, “I’m hoping people walk away from this film with the belief that we need each other… and to not give up.”
Find yourself in Robin Wright’s LAND this March.