Into the Forest (USA 2013/2014)


Patricia Rozema


Jean Hegland


Executive Producer:

Haroon (Boon) Saleem, Kelly Bush Novak,


Sriram Das


Ellen Page, Karine Martin

Associate Producer:

Kristina Sorensen




Ellen Page


Evan Rachel Wood


Max Minghella


Michael Eklund


Callum Keith Rennie


Wendy Crewson


Brittany Willacy


Bethany Brown



(Complete Cast & Crew)

Into the Forest




101 minutes




less than US $10,000,000

Filming dates:

28th July - 29th August 2014

Filming locations:

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada


14A (Canada)

World premiere:

12th September 2015 (Toronto International Film Festival)

Company / Studio:

DAS Films, Rhombus Media, Bron Studios, Celsius Entertainment

Official website:


IMDb website:

DVD premiere:




English Production Notes (Canada)

(PDF Document, 0.99 MB)



In the not-too-distant future, two ambitious young women, Nell and Eva, live with their father in a lovely but run-down home up in the mountains somewhere on the West Coast. Suddenly the power goes out; no one knows why. No electricity, no gasoline. Their solar power system isn't working. Over the following days, the radio reports a thousand theories: technical breakdowns, terrorism, disease and uncontrolled violence across the continent.

Then, one day, the radio stops broadcasting. Absolute silence.

Step by ominous step, everything that Nell, a would-be academic, and Eva, a hard working contemporary dancer, have come to rely on is stripped away: parental protection, information, food, safety, friends, lovers, music - all gone. They are faced with a world where rumor is the only guide, trust is a scarce commodity, gas is king and loneliness is excruciating.

To battle starvation, invasion and despair, Nell and Eva fall deeper into a primitive life that tests their endurance and bond. Ultimately, the sisters must work together to survive and learn to discover what the earth will provide. They find comfort in cherishing the memories of the happy family life they once shared. The natural world, art & memory sustain them. But for how long?

Into the Forest, a raw and elegant "realistic fable," explores the beauty that can come of painful beginnings, the denial we resort to in a world come unhinged and the strength that we find when our plans for our lives have been obliterated.


  • The project marks Ellen Page’s first feature film producer credit.
  • The book “Into The Forest” by Jean Hegland has been translated in 12 languages and published in many countries.
  • John Malkovich was in talks for the role of Stan, but eventually dropped out.
  • The movie received $2,593,683 in financing from Telefilm Canada.


  • "I’m so excited. It’s a really intense film. I feel like I’ve never seen a movie like this. It’s starring two young women. We’re the heroes of the film. We’re taking care of ourselves, and we’re warriors in it. So, I think it’s really refreshing to see a film with two very strong leading ladies taking care of themselves. It takes place in the not-so-distant future. Everything is ending - there’s no water, there’s no gas or electricity. Life as you know it just ceases to be." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on the movie (Source:
  • "She’s absolutely wonderful. I loved every minute of filming. As intense as the movie is, we actually laughed a lot and had a really good time. She’s one of those people that can turn it on and off. It’s kind of scary how quickly she can do it - she’s literally laughing one second, and then the next she’s in character. Her whole face changes. She morphs into what she’s doing, and it’s really fun to watch. But, we really took care of each other. We had to go to deep, vulnerable places in the film, and we were always there holding and hugging each other - like real sisters helping each other through the whole process. We got really close. We knew we were going to do the film a year before it was made, so we spent as much time as possible together so we could really bond and so the relationship was believable. She’s one of my closest friends now." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on working with Ellen Page (Source:
  •  “Ellen, for a month and a half, was my sister. We were in life or death situations together, we were picking each other up and holding each other and getting each other through the day… And then it’s just over, and you’ll never see these characters again. At the end of the shoot, I just lost it.” — actress Evan Rachel Wood on working with Ellen Page (Source:
  • “It was her passion for the book that made me trust her. She had a profound understanding of the story.” — author Jean Heglands on actress Ellen Page as the driving force behind the movie (Source:
  •  “It’s so new. We don’t have a clip, I don’t even know quite how to describe it yet… I thank Ellen Page for getting this ball rolling; she’s the producer on it.” — Director Patricia Rozema on the movie (Source: TIFF 2015 press conference)
  • “She found the book, she asked me to write, I wrote, she loved the script, we found the money, I directed. During the shoot she was pretty much the actor, she was very focused. She also found Evan Rachel Wood. There was a song we wanted by Cat Power, we couldn’t get it, it was too expensive. Ellen gets on the phone, we got it.” — Director Patricia Rozema on Ellen Page who served as a producer and got the film off the ground (Source:
  • "The book was so beautifully written, compelling, suspenseful and deeply, deeply emotional that I thought it would be something that I'd really like to see on film." — actress Ellen Page on the novel the movie is based on (Source: official press kit)
  • "During the actual process of shooting, Ellen really wanted to concentrate on her performance and put her trust in Aaron Gilbert and myself. But in completing the film, she has very much been a force in terms of the direction of the editing, and in shaping the release of the film." — producer Niv Fichman on Ellen Page's first producorial venture (Source: official press kit)
  • "It's a piece of speculative fiction about survival. Even if the worst happens, short of death, if your head is in the right place, you can survive. I wanted to convey the fact that information would be the hardest thing to find and the hardest thing to live without. The fact that rumors would be all you have when all forms of energy are gone, would be very difficult for me and for most of us. It's more character-based and psychologically motivated than most post-apocalyptic stories. [...] Not to get too grand about it, I have thought that it's also about the Buddhist concept of detachment, of letting go." — director Patricia Rozema on the movie's vision of the future (Source: official press kit)
  • "I think a lot of the things in this film aren't too far off from where we're headed, which is a scary thought. The film underscores the importance of not taking things for granted, and pushes the audience to hopefully reexamine themselves and how they relate to the world around them." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on the movie's scenario (Source: official press kit)
  • "I hadn't been that moved by a script in maybe ten years. I loved it because it really challenged me and I had to put down the script and walk away and really think about what I had just read, what it meant, and how I was supposed to feel. That really excited me." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on the script (Source: official press kit)
  • "The film and its story really get into what it signifies to truly live outside all of the elusive things and expectations we have for life. I'd like for audiences to think about what it means to be a human being in this world, what surviving looks like, and what existence actually means to them." — actress Ellen Page on what compelled her to want to tell the story (Source: official press kit)
  • "These actors are all as authentic as can be. They would hesitate with anything that seems remotely stagey or setup, and I love that about them because I felt that this story especially needed to be without artifice, as humble and true as possible." — director Patricia Rozema on the cast (Source: official press kit)
  • "Patricia is exceptional. She has this combination of being incredibly meticulous and so attentive to every detail, but also leaves you feeling absolutely free to explore and discover. We shot this film in a short period of time, and it was remarkable to see her consistently so fantastic and emotionally connected to the story." — actress Ellen Page on director Patricia Rozema (Source: official press kit)
  • "Working with Patricia has been a joy on every level and I couldn't imagine doing this film with anyone else. She is fiercely intelligent and open to whatever suggestion you have and really respects the actor's process, especially for a film like this where you have to be so vulnerable." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on director Patricia Rozema (Source: official press kit)
  • "Ellen has a rare combination of quiet power and fragility. And she's so damn cool. I never once had to cut around inauthenticity. I think she's one of the best actors of our time." — director Patricia Rozema on actress Ellen Page (Source: official press kit)
  • "Evan is fierce and urgent and entirely committed. There's one scene - I don't want to spoil it for you by saying what happens - where she screams so intensely that she broke all the capillaries around her eyes! I only did one take. And cried after I said cut." — director Patricia Rozema on actress Evan Rachel Wood (Source: official press kit)
  • "I haven't had an experience with an actor like that in a really long time, where there's just such fluidity. Evan is so unbelievably present and wildly committed — she really just blew my mind every single day because she's so extraordinary." — actress Ellen Page on working with Evan Rachel Wood (Source: official press kit)
  • "Getting the chance to work with someone you admire so much and respect makes you feel safe as an actor. When we got in the room and started acting, I was just blown away by how present she was and how quickly she could turn it on and off." — actress Evan Rachel Wood on working with Ellen Page (Source: official press kit)
  • "This experience has been rigorous, and very collaborative. We've all bonded in a pretty intense way because it's a film that requires us to explore a lot of different emotions." — actor Max Minghella on playing alongside Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood (Source: official press kit)
  • "She is a born reader, hungry for knowledge. She's kind of lonely and needs to connect with her sister, but can't because Eva is so very focused on her art." — director Patricia Rozema on Ellen Page's character Nell (Source: official press kit)
  • "In the screenplay, I wrote that Eva floats in mind, body and spirit. She is a dancer, and that's all she wants to think about. She doesn't have the same urge as Nell to connect. She is very self-contained." — director Patricia Rozema on Evan Rachel Wood's character Eva (Source: official press kit)
  • "Max's music is simultaneously intelligent and wrenchingly emotional. He rides that very difficult line between over-playing a moment and heightening it."  — director Patricia Rozema on composer Max Richter (Source: official press kit)
  • "Into The Forest is a fascinating puzzle of a project, both philosophical and deeply emotional. Looking at the texture of the narrative and it's setting, I chose a hybrid acoustic and electronic palette of muted colors. The intense story telling in the film is embedded in abstract analogue drones, reflecting the unknown landscape the characters inhabit, while the instrumental music drives the story forward, articulating the narrative architecture. It was a pleasure to be part of this fascinating voyage of discovery." — composer Max Richter on the movie (Source: official press kit)
  • "To the naked eye it looks like she's doing nothing, and then you look at the footage and the level of detail is incredible. So many actors are most alive when they're sad, or angry or funny - but she can portray every one of those emotions with equal conviction. She has a thousand colours to her and they're all genuine. [...] I can throw 20 notes at Ellen and she can weave them in. She can keep competing challenges in her mind and then feel. It's a beautiful skill. Not to be too grandiose, but I think she's the voice of a generation. There's something about her that speaks to young women who want to be open and feeling and very strong and capable.” — director Patricia Rozema on Ellen's acting skills (Source:
  • “Ellen is very understated, and over several takes, the performance grows and refines. Evan was different. She starts bigger and then gets smaller, so I had to balance them out and put them in the same movie. There's a thousand ways to act well. It's my job to make sure they act well in the same way.” — director Patricia Rozema on Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as an acting team (Source:

Release Dates:



Festival / Event / Location / Comment



10th - 20th Sep 2015

Toronto International Film Festival / World premiere


17th - 24th Sep 2015

Atlantic Film Festival / Halifax


19th - 27th Sep 2015

Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival


23rd Sep - 4th Oct 2015

Calgary International Film Festival


24th Sep - 9th Oct 2015

Vancouver International Film Festival

South Korea

1st - 10th Oct 2015

Busan International Film Festival


9th - 18th Oct 2015

Sitges Film Festival / Barcelona

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