Wednesday Oct 16, 2019
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Enjoy the screening as part of the 17th Annual Way OUT West Film Fest.
PARADISE HILLS is director/writer Alice Waddington’s tour de force film debut with an all-star cast and resplendent costumes that reveal a dark and complex feminist critique of love and relationships. Like THE HUNGER GAMES, PARADISE HILLS is set in a glimmering, candy-colored futuristic dystopia marked by strict social divisions and rigid female subservience. Uma (Emma Roberts) is one such upper-class girl who is unknowingly shipped off to the mysterious island of Paradise Hills where she and others are moulded into docile and subservient members of high society. There Uma meets others like Yu (Awkwafina) and Amarna (Eiza González) and the malevolent Duchess (Milla Jovovich).
Life at Paradise Hills is a sort of ALICE IN WONDERLAND sci-fi with a clear feminist agenda and lesbian subplots that aims to critique not just the social pressures placed on women in relationships, but the dark side of the wellness industry, family lineages, and the myths of social mobility. Jovovich and Roberts are nuanced and compelling in their roles and the script is a strong and tightly woven entrée into what will undoubtedly be a strong career for Waddington. PARADISE HILLS is a sumptuous and dark film that will undoubtedly leave viewers wondering whether the future perhaps isn’t so far off at all.