Directed by Benedict Andrews| UK | In English | 94 mins | M
SELECTED: OFFICAL COMPETITION SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrated Australian theatre director Benedict Andrews makes his film debut with this auspicious, emotionally powerful feature.
Una stars Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara and Emmy-winner Ben Mendelsohn, and is based on David Harrower's play Blackbird. It starts when Una (Mara) tracks down Ray (Mendelsohn) at his place of work. Fifteen years earlier, when Una was a minor, Ray sexually abused her – a crime he was arrested and imprisoned for. Una's arrival threatens to destroy Ray's new life which he's desperate to preserve. Is Una there for revenge, or is there some more surprising motivation at play?
In this intense emotional drama, the effect of the past has led to tragic circumstances, and two severely damaged people are left in a fiery standoff. Mara and Mendelsohn both deliver extraordinary, nuanced and extremely brave performances. Daringly taking on taboos, director Benedict Andrews handles this sensitive material with precision. Una is a film that will stay with you for a long time.
"Uncompromising, unforgettable stuff" – HERALD SUN
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