Non Western

Non Western

DIRECTED BY: Laura Plancarte COUNTRY: Mexico, United Kingdom, United States YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): English SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 93 min

SECTION: International Forum


Seated in their car, a man and a woman talk about gender roles among the Cheyenne people. He’s Cheyenne, but she is not. It’s a topic they need to talk about, because they’re about to get married. Thaddeus didn’t embrace his background until later in life but now he does so with full conviction: he’s stricter than the Native priest, who says that traditions inevitably change with the times. Thaddeus’ fiancée Nanci, an independent and educated woman, loves him and his culture very much, but her love is making serious demands of her ability to adapt. Laura Plancarte patiently films the dynamics and clashes between the two cultures and sexes. The camera captures the emotion and wordless communication, slowly revealing changes in relationships. Interspersed with spectacular views of the Montana landscape, NON WESTERN examines the national and personal traumas at the root of the problem, and how they can be healed.

Laura Plancarte lives and works in London making films and visual arts. In 2006 and 2007 she was awarded a grant from BNP Paribas in recognition to her career as an artist. In 2015 she presented her first feature film TIERRA CALIENTE at the Guadalajara Film Festival and won best film at WoF in Glasgow. HERMANOS her second feature documentary was acquired by Amazon Prime and won the audience award to best documentary at SAFILM 2018 and best documentary at Indie & Foreign Film Festival, NY and an IMPACT award in the USA. NON WESTERN had its world premiere at Visions du Reél 2020 and was selected for IDFA 2020 in the category of Best of Fests

Tierra Caliente (2015), Hermanos (2018), Non Western (2020)

PRODUCER: Laura Plancarte CINEMATOGRAPHY: Franklin Dow EDITOR: Vera Simmonds SCORE: Roly Porter