Young Atticus feels secure under his mother’s constant care in the picturesque and provincial Hudson River Valley, cut off from civilization, living on what others throw away. But his mother’s death interrupts this bucolic anti-consumerist tale. When the 14-year-old leaves home, nature ceases to be a wellspring of wonder, or his friend. Without his mother’s care, interactions with others become a source of danger, as well as motivation to grow up fast. Fear of loneliness forces him to become close to a mysterious vagabond who is unable to take life seriously. Tom Gilroy’s contemplative film could be an adaptation of Thoreau’s Walden, minus the narration. It is a combination of a coming-of-age story and a road film, spun from daydreams about freedom from social conventions and the untamed desire for adventure.
Tom Gilroy is a writer/director/producer/actor from New York who has appeared in over 30 films, having worked with such directors as Ken Loach, Sidney Lumet, Jean-Luc Godard, and Paul Auster. With his theatre company, Machine Full (co-founded with Lili Taylor and Michael Imperioli), Gilroy has produced over a dozen critically acclaimed productions, most recently Hamlet, starring Richard Harris. He has written, directed and produced two award winning films, the short Touch Base and the feature Spring Forward (1999). The Cold Lands is his second feature.
1994 Touch Base (kr. m. / short)
1999 Ostatnia wiosna / Spring Forward
2011 R.E.M.: It Happened Today (kr. m. / short)
2013 The Cold Lands