Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Planters

 

Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 78 minutes

The Planters
The Planters
The Planters
The Planters

Martha sucks at her job as a telemarketer, but she’s great at burying treasure—or “planting” as she likes to call it. As a Planter, Martha buries trinket-filled tins in the middle of nowhere for local treasure hunters to find. If she’s lucky, the receiver will leave a fee, earning her a small profit. Still living in her childhood home in the desert after the recent death of her parents, Martha’s reclusive lifestyle is shaken up by the unexpected arrival of Sadie, a Jesus-loving young woman with multiple personalities. Sadie needs somewhere to live and help coping with her alter-egos triggered by religious visions. Martha needs help selling 30 air conditioning units in two weeks or she’ll be fired. Both women need a friend. Debut directors-writers-stars, Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder, collaborated on this truly independent production as the only crew on set, creating their characters’ vibrant yet lonely world virtually by themselves. Through simple ingenuity, an idiosyncratic script, and a splash of Wes Anderson, the darkly comedic THE PLANTERS shines as both a feat in DIY filmmaking and a tale about finding inherent value in yourself and others. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 9:40 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 1:25 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Competitions
New Direction Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Directors
Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Producers
Jacqueline Beiro, Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Screenwriting
Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Cinematography
Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

Editing
Pinky Baggins

Principal Cast
Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder, Phil Parolisi, Pepe Serna

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