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.
- 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: www.refinery29.com)
- "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: www.refinery29.com)