Get ready for a thought-provoking cinematic experience as the official trailer for Until Branches Bend, Sophie Jarvis’ directorial debut, has just been released. The film, which made its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival last year, is set to make its much-anticipated U.S. debut at SXSW this week.
The film follows two sisters, Robin and Laney – living in the charming orchard town of Montague. Robin works at the local fruit packing house where, one day, she discovers an insect that she suspects is invasive. Despite her concerns, her boss Dennis dismisses her findings, prompting Robin to speak out publicly. But her actions trigger a swift and devastating response – the factory shuts down, farms are quarantined, and many Montague residents find themselves jobless and angry, with Robin as their scapegoat.
Meanwhile, Robin is also struggling to obtain an abortion, a decision that she feels is crucial to taking control of her body and life. Frustrated and powerless, she becomes consumed with finding proof that the insect is real, and her obsession unravels her. As she descends deeper into her own world, the parallels between the two invasions – one of her body, the other of the town – become clearer.
Starring Grace Glowicki, Alexandra Roberts, Quelemia Sparrow, Lochlyn Munro, and Antoine DesRochers, “Until Branches Bend” is a gripping psychological drama about skepticism and disbelief. Exploring complex themes such as the power of conviction, the human tendency to deny threats, and the ways in which individuals and communities deal with crisis situations, the film has been praised for its outstanding performances by a talented cast and impressive direction by Jarvis – a Vancouver-based Swiss-Canadian writer and director whose short THE WORST DAY EVER premiered at TIFF in 2012 and was awarded Best Achievement in Directing at enRoute FF 2013.
Until Braches Bend premieres on March 13th, 2023, at the SXSW Film Festival.