Paradise Hills

About

When Uma wakes up alone on a strange island called Paradise, she instantly suspects it’s anything but. Helmed by the Duchess (Milla Jovovich), Paradise Hills is a center for emotional healing that at its core serves as a reformatory-style boarding school for privileged young women. Yet behind the rose-covered pathways and fairy-tale decor, Uma and her friends learn something more sinister is at work.

In her ambitious feature debut, director Alice Waddington shrewdly deconstructs seemingly outdated, yet ever-present, societal expectations of young women. Up against a fascist headmaster, the women in Waddington’s tale prove that solidarity and empathy outweigh antiquated modes of female objectification. Emma Roberts leads the charge as Uma, a young woman unafraid to risk her upper-class livelihood for her own and her friends’ independence. The supporting cast of misfit boarding-school girls is rounded out by Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), and Eiza González (Baby Driver).

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY NEXT

COUNTRY Spain/U.S.A.

RUN TIME 95 min

EMAIL info@nostromopictures.com

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Artist Bio

Alice Waddington

Alice Waddington (born in Spain, 1990). At 16 she becomes an assistant to a director of photography. She dives into photography, costume design, and fashion films for magazines like Harper's Bazaar. At 20 she’s a creative and editor in the agencies Leo Burnett and Social Noise. Her first short, Disco Inferno (2015), receives nominations in 65 international festivals including Fantasia Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest. Eleven international prizes ensue.