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Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain – The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is welcomed with open hostility by a US Army officer (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by imperious government forces, Catherine must contend with the violence that underlies her position.
The film is the feature film debut for director Susanna White (TV’s Bleak House, Jane Eyre) and was written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) and was produced by Andrea Calderwood, Marshall Herskovitz, Erica Olde, Richard Solomon and Ed Zwick. Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp and Michael Nouri co-star.
After a well-received debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last summer and hitting the Tribeca Film Festival this week, A24 will release Woman Walks Ahead on June 29th as a co-production with DirecTV (subscribers will get it May 31st).
Here is the trailer and poster.