Hypnotic Road Movie THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY w/ Lily Gladstone

Reeling from a devastating loss, Tana (Lily Gladstone) is pulled back into the world by an unexpected invitation to her cousin’s wedding. She packs up her late grandmother’s Cadillac and hits the open road, driving from her home in Minnesota to South Dakota. After reconnecting with her Oglala Lakota family, Tana sets off to retrace a surreal journey that her grandmother took decades ago, searching for the spot captured in an old family photograph. As she travels, Tana finds connection in the stories of everyday people who’ve settled down far off the main roads including Isaac (Raymond Lee), who provides a pivotal clue to understanding the lost location that could cultivate closure. A personal reverie summoned from a beguiling mix of fact and fiction, THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY is an arresting debut feature from Morrisa Maltz.

“A Stunning Spiritual Companion to Terrence Malick and NOMADLAND”
—Carlos Aguilar, IndieWire

“A stellar turn from the great Lily Gladstone.”
—Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert

“It’s acutely original and reveals the range of extraordinary, authentic humanity in this country”
—Dina Barrish, Austin Chronicle


Morrisa Maltz is an artist and filmmaker. She studied visual arts Columbia University. Her art, film, and performance work have been shown at MOCA, Los Angeles, as well as at the MCA, Santa Barbara and galleries internationally. In 2012, she created Mofones, an art product for iphone that was sold at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Museum stores worldwide. Her first short film, THE CARETAKER, won best narrative short at LES Film Festival and in 2014 her short film, ODYSSEA, premiered at Slamdance film festival. Morrisa’s first feature documentary, INGRID, was applauded as a “festival gem” on the 2018 festival circuit and won several awards. INGRID screened on PBS in 2019 and is distributed by Ryan Krivoshey’s Grasshopper Films. Her first narrative feature, THE UNKOWN COUNTRY, premiered at SXSW 2022. The film has been hailed by Indiewire as “a stunning spiritual companion to Terrence Malick and ‘NOMADLAND,” and was acquired by Music Box Films. She was recently nominated for Mill Valley Film Festival’s Mind The Gap 2022 Creation Prize and signed with UTA in all areas.


Directed by: Morrisa Maltz
Written by: Morrisa Maltz
Story by: Morrisa Maltz, Lily Gladstone, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, and Vanara Taing
Starring: Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, and Richard Ray Whitman
Produced by: Laura Heberton, Katherine Harper, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Vanara Taing, Morrisa Maltz, and Tommy Heitkamp
Executive Produced by: Miranda Bailey, Natalie Whalen, Ty Gordon, Rachel Crouch, Brenda Haynes, Gill Holland, Adam Koppel, Matthew C. Mills, Veronica Nickel, Steve Malouf, Rodes Phire, Mark Shlomchik, and Ben Speiser
Original Music by: Alex & Sam (Alexis Marsh and Sam Jones) and Neil Halstead
Edited by: Vanara Taing
Cinematography by: Andrew Hajek
Drone Cinematography by: Will Graham

July 28, 2023 12:00pm
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Opens July 28 at the Quad Cinema in NYC and The Nuart in LA National Rollout to Follow