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To the Stars

Martha Stephens, USA 2019, 109’
Polish premiere
The Wall of Mexico

Wakita, Oklahoma, in the early 1960s. The wind blows clouds of dust across a plain beneath a vast sky. A handful of scattered houses, a not very impressive center of town, a lone road cutting through a wasteland, and not much else. The scenery is reminiscent of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show, especially since it is shot in elegant black-and-white, lending it a classic feel. This is the background for a melodrama about growing up and being different. Iris is a shy schoolgirl, the unlucky owner of huge glasses and a weak bladder. Maggie is the new girl in town—seemingly radiating confidence, she is in fact hiding a difficult truth about her life. These different, albeit similarly lost, teenagers develop a friendship. They will no doubt need each other’s support—the surrounding world is no oasis of kindness and tolerance.

Piotr Mirski


Cinetopia FF 2019 – Festival Director's Award

Martha Stephens

Born in 1984, Martha Stephens is related to the writer Jesse Stuart. She was born in West Virginia and grew up in Kentucky. She studied at the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. She made her full-length debut with Passenger Pigeons, for which she won the Gamechanger Emergent Woman Director Award at the SXSW Festival. Her fourth film, To the Stars, premiered at the Sundance Festival.


2005 Echo Hollow (short)

2006 Ant Hills (short)

2010 Gołębie pocztowe / Passenger Pigeons

2012 Pilgrim Song

2014 Zejście na ląd / Land Ho! (co-dir.)

2019 Do gwiazd / To the Stars

Cast & Crew

director Martha Stephens
screenplay Shannon Bradley-Colleary
cinematography Andrew Reed
editing Nathan Whiteside
music Heather McIntosh
cast Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Lucas Jade Zumann
producer Gavin Dorman, Stacy Jorgensen, Kristin Mann
production Northern Lights Films, Foton Pictures, Prowess Pictures
sales Kristin Mann
language English
coloration b&w
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