Directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall • Drama • With Kentucker Audley, Matt Lauria, Andrew Pastides, Michelle Perks, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Peter Vack • 2015 • 80 minutes
In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage, a woman crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Reinvented and told entirely through movement, the film playfully deconstructs the role of this woman, who encounters a world full of bold characters that are alternately terrifying and sublime. MA is a journey into the visceral and the surreal, interweaving ritual, performance, and the body as sculpture. The absence of dialogue stirs the senses, and leads us to imagine a new ending to this familiar journey. The virgin mother gives birth to our savior, but is also challenged to save herself.
“One of the year’s most original debuts. The cinematic medium has seldom felt as free as it does in Rowlson-Hall’s hands”
- Peter Debruge, Variety
“A silent film that is anything but quiet. MA is a spellbinding and fiercely original cinematic experience"
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist