Samuel Goldwyn Films released an official trailer for Paradise Hills this week. The movie is a fantasy drama about a woman who wakes up on an isolated island at a facility for the daughters of high-class families, who are sent there to be molded into perfect versions of themselves.
Starring in the film is Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eiza Gonzalez, Danielle McDonald, Milla Jovovich, Danielle Macdonald, Jeremy Irvine, and Arnaud Valois. It’s directed by Alice Waddington, who is making her feature debut. Waddington also co-wrote the screenplay along with Timecrimes and Colossal writer and director Nacho Vigalondo, and Daniel Isn’t Real and Curvature writer Brian DeLeeuw.
More info on Paradise Hills and the trailer can be found below.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, and also played the recent Fantasia Festival. Here’s more info from the Fantasia website:
The dystopian, pink-toned Paradise Hills is where young women are sent to be reformed. Some are groomed for marriage, while others to be more feminine or compliant. It is a catch-all conversion centre for unconventional and aberrant social behaviour conditioned by strict gender expectations. Milla Jovovich with a dead-eyed smile is the headmistress, and the student body is an all-star cast including Emma Roberts, Eiza González, Danielle Macdonald and the gravel-voiced comedienne-rapper Awkwafina who stole the show in CRAZY RICH ASIANS last year. In this feature debut from Alice Waddington, whose richly textured short film fantasy, DISCO INFERNO, played in the inaugural edition of Fantasia’s own BORN OF WOMAN showcase, nothing is as it seems and the soft pastel veneer conceals deep, dark and unexpected secrets.
With a script co-written by Nacho Vigalondo (COLOSSAL and TIME CRIMES), PARADISE HILLS uses strong allegorical influences to create a rich dystopian fantasy world through rapturous production design. Waddington, who has experience as a fashion designer, and as an 18-year-old one of the youngest photographers for Harper’s Bazaar in Spain, has a keen eye for detail. With an extensive scouting process, she chose to shoot on location at a variety of modern, brutalist homes in Barcelona and the Canary Islands. Blending that architectural futurism with the soft-lush fantasies of art deco-inspired costuming creates a totally unique vision of oppression and expectation in a genre-bending allegory about femininity and social norms. With shades of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and THE HANDMAID’S TALE, PARADISE HILLS is a soft and beguiling nightmare about the cost of living the life you choose, rather than the life that is expected. – Justine Smith
Paradise Hills is set to be released in limited theaters and on digital platforms beginning on November 1st.
On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich) where calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics and restricted diets, revolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months. The outspoken Uma finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents — Chloe (Danielle McDonald), Yu (Awkwafina) and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez). Uma soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret. It’s a race against the clock as Uma and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all.