An environmental-preservation thriller about the repercussions of political extremism in Kelly Reichardt’s signature style, Night Moves features a unique combination of art film and stellar cast.
A former Marine, Harmon is eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena is a high-society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. And Josh, an organic farm worker, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. The three radical environmentalists come together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the very source and symbol of the resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. But the true struggle begins when their plot unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences.
»I’m mad about all the crap in this country. The corporations won; I get it. They own everything and they’ve got the air, the ocean, the forest—they’ve got it all. Whatever. It feels so much like a lost battle that anybody who can still get up every day and fight for an environmental cause to me is quite heroic. I’m glad they’re there.« (Kelly Reichardt)
Born in 1964 in Miami, Reichardt has been interested in photography since a very young age. She started out by borrowing her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. Kelly attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Old Joy was the first American film to win the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Reichardt’s last two films, Meek's Cutoff and Night Moves, screened in the Venice Film Festival’s competitive programme.