Set in the near-future, Into The Forest is a powerful drama/ thriller that centers on two sisters living alone in a remote part of a Northern California forest on the brink of an apocalypse.
For a predominant portion of their lives sisters, Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) and Nell (Ellen Page) lived with their parents near the redwood forests of Northern California, educated at home by their mother, an ex-ballerina and their father, Sam a schoolteacher. All is well until humanity is struck by the inevitable crumble of society. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and a banking collapse, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Things take a turn for the worst when their mother dies, and their father is killed in an accident. And in their bittersweet arrival into adulthood, they are forced to re-examine their place in the world, their relationship to the land and one another.
Reminiscent of “The Road”, “Into the Wild” and Oscar nominated “Winter’s Bone”, Into The Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking story of hope and despair set against a frighteningly plausible near-future America.
- 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.