This movie follows 25-year-old former radical Jenny Shimada (Hong Chau). Adept at living off the grid ever since she masterminded an act of violence against the American government, she agrees to take care of three fugitives who are on the run. One of them, the kidnapped granddaughter (Sarah Gadon) of a wealthy newspaper magnate , has become a national celebrity for embracing her captors’ ideology and joining their revolutionary cell.
American Woman is an American-Canadian drama film written and directed by writer and executive producer Semi Chellas (Mad Men, The Romanoffs), in her directorial debut. This film is inspired by the headline-dominating kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1974. It is a fictionalized re-imagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of a political activist assigned to take care of her. It is based on the 2003 novel of the same title by Susan Choi.
It stars Hong Chau, Sarah Gadon, John Gallagher Jr., Lola Kirke, David Cubitt, Jordan Pettle, Richard Walters, and Ellen Burstyn.
- Starring : Hong Chau / Sarah Gadon
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States / Canada
- Language : English
- Director : Semi Chellas
- Production : AW Canada Films / First Generation Films / Killer Films / Level Forward / Ontario Creates / Téléfilm Canada
- Distributor : Elevation Pictures
American Woman movie
American Woman release date
- April 28, 2019 : USA (Tribeca Film Festival)
- September 12, 2019 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 13, 2019 : Canada (Atlantic International Film Festival)
- September 18, 2019 : Canada (Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival)
- October 4, 2019 : Canada (Vancouver International Film Festival)
- November 11, 2019 : USA (San Diego Asian Film Festival)
- June 30, 2020 : Canada (internet)
American Woman cast
- Hong Chau as Jenny
- Sarah Gadon as Pauline
- Ellen Burstyn as Miss Dolly
- John Gallagher Jr. as Juan
- David Cubitt as Agent John Spivey
- Lola Kirke as Yvonne
- Matt Gordon as Bob
- Dylan House as Michael
- Jordan Pettle as Rob Frazier
- Richard Walters as Thomas
- Alicia Richardson as Sandy
- David Tompa as Fingerprinter
- Dru Viergever as State Trooper
Produced by Christina Piovesan and Noah Segal, American Woman had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019.
It was nominated for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. At the Canadian Screen Awards, it was nominated for Achievement in Costume Design.
American Woman is scheduled to be released in Canada direct to VOD on June 30, 2020, by Elevation Pictures.
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