Left alone on the edge of the Western frontier, a young settler must guard her homestead and her mind against dark forces lurking just beyond her lantern’s light in this unnerving genre-bender.
From their film’s first moment through its last, director Emma Tammi and screenwriter Teresa Sutherland create an ever-growing sense of tension, effortlessly drawing us into a world of psychological terror and paranoia in the old West. Inspired in part by the Lillian Gish-starring silent film of the same name, THE WIND begins with Lizzy and Isaac, two settlers living a quiet, isolated life on the frontier plains during the late 1800s. When recent arrivals Emma and Gideon double the local population from two to four, the seasoned homesteaders welcome them with open arms. But there is something amiss on the neighboring farm— an uneasiness that lingers in the air and permeates the soil. When Emma begins acting erratic and claiming to see ominous things on the horizon, Lizzy chalks it up to exhaustion and the toil their hardscrabble life takes on the ill-prepared newcomer. However, as the situation grows more and more dire, Lizzy ultimately finds herself alone and at the mercy of whatever terrors may or may not be knocking on her door.
CAST: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman
In Competition: First Feature Award
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