Filmfest 2018

A documentary filmmaker discovers a story she had written as a 13-year-old. The story seems to be about love and desire, about her sexual awakening, about riding instructor Mrs. G and coach Bill. But as an adult, the author realizes it's a story about abuse and wrongdoing. Director Jennifer Fox wrote this story several decades ago; she experienced these things herself; and she summons the power of cinema to drive out their demons.

tags: Women, Youth/Coming of Age, Sexuality, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabelle Nélisse


Screenplay: Jennifer Fox

Director of Photography: Denis Lenoir, Ivan Strasburg

Film Editor: Alex Hall, Gary Levy, Anne Fabini

Composer: Ariel Marx

Production Designer: Debbie DeVilla

Costume Design: Tricia Gray

Sound: Rainer Heesch, Corinna Fleig

Producer: Jennifer Fox, Oren Moverman, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Lawrence Inglee, Simone Pero, Sol Bondy, Lynda Weinman, Regina K. Scully, Reka Posta

Production Company: A Luminous Mind Productions

Co-Production Company: One Two Films GmbH, Untitled Entertainment, Blackbird Films

World Sales: Mongrel International

Distributor: Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG

Director: Jennifer Fox


Author, producer, camera operator and director Jennifer Fox has worked primarily in the realm of documentaries. Her debut film, BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE, was shown at the Berlinale and at the Sundance Festival in 1988; at the latter, it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary. She filmed the Arte co-production MY REINCARNATION (2011), about a Tibetan monk in exile and his son, over a period of 20 years. Inspired by autobiographical events, THE TALE is her first feature film.