by Kate Newton
Almost a year after it earned a Best Narrative Feature Nod at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, director David Riker’s The Girl is set for an exclusive Tucson run at the AMC Loews Foothills 15, 7401 N La Cholla Blvd, this Friday.
The film, tinged with the timeliness of immigration issues and starring Abbie Cornish, was produced by the same team behind the Academy Awards Best Picture nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild. While The Girl lacks any Quvenzhane Wallis facetime, another precocious young actress, Maritza Santiago Hernandez, was discovered and cast to play the title role of Rosa, the girl Cornish’s character feels inclined to protect.
Here is a synopsis of the film, courtesy of an email from Sergio Canez, the academic specialist for the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television:
The Girl is a powerful, heart-wrenching take on the consequences of smuggling humans across the Mexican/U.S. border and neglecting pain from the past. Ashley (Abbie Cornish) a troubled mother, loses her only child to foster care and finds herself assisting her own father in the smuggling of Mexican citizens into the United States. A regretful series of events finds Ashley caring for a young girl separated from her mother during a border crossing.
Davis Riker's film addresses a familiar issue from a different and emotional angle as it asks moviegoers to examine their own sensitivities and perceptions. Is there truly hope North of the border and can an American woman find a greater respect for life South of the border?
The Girl will screen for one day only, giving limited access to one of many racially diverse perspectives of immigration. For more information and to view showtimes, visit the AMC Loews Foothills 15 website here, or visit the film's website for more links and videos.