ONCE UPON A RIVER
by HAROULA ROSE
Written by Haroula Rose / From the novelOnce upon a river by Bonnie Jo Campbell / Starring Kenadi DelaCerna, John Ashton, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Coburn Goss, Josephine Decker / Produced by Chicago Media Angels, Glass Bead Films, Neon Heart Productions, Thirty Tigers
USA 2019 / 90’
V.O. sott. ITA
Cinema De Seta
An adaptation of the homonymous novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell (published in Italy by Neri Pozza), Once Upon a River is an unusual road movie where the very young protagonist, Margo, runs away along the banks of the river where she had always lived with her family after the violent death of her father.
The film is a Bildungsroman and detailed description of Deep America, far from the big cities, and it runs fluid and light through references to Mark
Twain and cinema from the 1970s. Haroula Rose, a young songwriter of Greek origins, risen in the American Midwest, is known both in her homeland and abroad. Once Upon a River is a mature debut film.
Haroula Rose, filmmaker and musician. She studied at the University of Chicago. She also recently completed a new short film, As They Slept. She wrote and directed the pilot entitled Lost & Found, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 then went on to win the Audience Award
at Bentonville Film Festival.
It was positively mentioned by the New York Times, and named one of the top things to see at Tribeca by Filmmaker Magazine. She has also produced films such as Fruitvale Station, Permanent, The Fear Of Thirteen, Heaven Adores You.