"I think that when somebody moves, it's actually the most truthful way of expressing oneself." Celia Rowlson-Hall (From the film)
MA is a re-telling of Mother Mary's pilgrimage, the story of a woman who crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. "Who can find a virtuous woman?" the film asks- and meanders through it artfully; breaking and remaking many of the myths about heroines in history. MA is told through movement -through ritual, performance and body language, it is a wordless journey into the visceral and surreal. Yes, in the beginning a boy meets a girl, and he drives her -on his windshield- to his hotel room. And they play. But then, throughout MA, there are also other mysterious men, dressed in various stereotypes of the masculine -soldier, priest, cop, cowboy; and other settings through the desert, and their relation to MA is sometimes terrifying, sometimes sublime, but always uncanny. MA has no easy answers, this film is more like a feeling, a world of intuition that leaves one with the heavenly sense that movement has spirit, the road is winding, and that the search for something to believe in -perhaps love?- is the gist of any feminine utopia.
2015 AFI FEST AUDIENCE AWARD, VENICE
Celia Rowlson-Hall has worked as a choreographer for film and television, working with directors such as Gaspar Noé and Lena Dunham. She has written and directed more than fifty short films and videos. Her debut feature, MA, had its world premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.