“The stubborn old mule Bruce Dern played in Nebraska was a pussycat compared to the grudging old goat he portrays in Northern Borders. Dern made the movies back to back and is magnificent in both. This gentle, humorous drama is the fourth film writer-director Jay Craven has made from a Howard Frank Mosher novel about life in backwoods Vermont. This movie’s a charmer with a sense of integrity.”
—Graham Fuller, NY Daily News
“An example of regional filmmaking at its most authentic.”
“A Gem. Northern Borders has the richness of a juicy story. And the film leaves a whiff of mystery that occupies the mind long after.”
—Rachel Garber, The Sherbrooke Record
“Stunning…with a stellar cast. A remarkable portrait of this 40-year marriage. Craven wisely leaves a lot to our imaginations.”
—Rebecca Alvin, Provincetown Magazine
A film by Jay Craven (2013)
Based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher
Starring Academy Award nominees Bruce Dern and Genevieve Bujold, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Tony nominee, Jessica Hecht.
NORTHERN BORDERS tells the story of ten-year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live with his Vermont grandparents whose thorny relationship is dubbed “The Forty Years War.” Stuck in this fractured household on his grandparents’ remote farm, Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to stay and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes the enchantment of childhood as Austen sows his wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. The film takes viewers into a world that includes the region’s wobbly first steps toward rural electrification and a town maple festival that turns upside down when an FBI agent shows up to accuse young Austen’s Aunt Liz of having robbed the local bank.
Writing for the New York Times Book Review, Fannie Flagg called Mosher’s novel “a touching and unforgettable portrait of a people and time.” The London Guardian recently named it “one of the (all-time) ten best stories about grandparents.”
Produced through a unique collaboration between Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College—where professionals mentor and collaborate with students from multiple colleges through a film intensive semester that includes the production of an ambitious narrative feature film for national release. The program also produced Craven’s films Peter and John and Wetware and is now continuing at Sarah Lawrence College where a production based on Jack London’s autobiographical novel, Martin Eden, is planned for winter-spring 2019. For more information about the program, click HERE
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