TIFF: Ellen Page, 'Into the Forest' Director Debate Why Apocalyptic Dramas Rarely Star Women
Said Evan Rachel Wood of the adaptation, "This is a really realistic portrayal if every luxury you had was taken away from you."
Into the Forest follows two sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) as they struggle to survive after the collapse of society in a not-too-distant future — a rarity, said director Patricia Rozema, since most of the post-apocalyptic drama genre is "an opportunity to prove your masculine dominance over adversity."
Page who is also a producer, told The Hollywood Reporter before the film's world premiere at Toronto Film Festival of making the film, "Financing a movie with two female leads is just harder."
Beyond its leads, it's still not the typical post-apocalyptic film. "This is a really realistic portrayal if every luxury you had was taken away from you," Wood explained. "Extreme loss — no electricity, no power, hardly any food, no parents, and the relationship these two sisters have and how that can overcome what seems like impossible odds."
Plus, Rozema's adaptation of Jean Hegland's novel is "an intimate story," said Page, and a metaphor of sorts: "We live in a time when our impermanence is so much more apparent, because of what's going on in the climate. … [The film is about] grieving the allusiveness of how we live, and letting that go."
Watch THR's chat with Page, Wood and Rozema in the video above.