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Anathema



United States, 2003, DVCAM - Color - 93

DIRECTED BY:
Nicholas M. Robbins

CAST:
John Kuntz, Laura Latreille, Robert Pemberton

SCREENPLAY:
Nicholas M. Robbins

PRODUCER:
Jack Bradley

WORLD SALES:
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STORY DESCRIPTION:

Niel, a taciturn and disenfranchised kid from suburbia, has a serendipitous encounter with a young prostitute named Lily. The strange chemistry between them sparks a mutual exploration of their dark and dangerous repressions.Spontaneously, the two decide to take a road trip. Along the way, they meet up with a young hitchhiker and an old woman, both of whom end up dead.As the body count rises, Lily knows what she must do. She must visit her estranged father whose wife, Lily’s mother, died when Lily was young.This next and final stop has Lily coming to full terms with her profoundly broken childhood. Niel becomes the unwitting agent of both her father’s bloody redemption and the ultimate reconciliation between Lily and her father.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Nicholas M. Robbins’ formal training in production started with three semesters of undergraduate film work at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Having established a solid understanding of the practical aspects of production, he moved on to pursue a more liberal curriculum at Cornell University. In 1997, he graduated with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Cognitive Science. After a short stint of travel abroad, he reentered the film world: this time in the freelance production community in Boston. After a few years of developing his network and his craft, he turned his efforts towards his first feature project, Anathema.

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