first broke into Hollywood during the late '90s, but it probably wasn't until her acclaimed turn in The Departed
that she truly caught the public's attention. Since then, she's developed a reputation (well deserved, IMO) as one of the strongest actresses working today.
And soon, we might be praising her work behind the camera as well. Farmiga is making her directorial debut with Higher Ground
, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Based on a memoir by Carolyn Briggs
, Higher Ground
stars Farmiga as a woman struggling with her faith over the decades. Watch the trailer after the jump.
I haven't seen Higher Ground
yet, but the early reviews I've read have been mostly, if not overwhelmingly, positive. Most of the praise seems to be directed at Farmiga's acting and the film's sense of humor. Our own Germain Lussier, who caught the film at Sundance, called it "subtle, but funny and rewarding."
We don't get a whole lot of the comedy in the trailer, which makes the film seem like a fairly straightforward drama about a woman's spiritual battles. But Farmiga's performance already looks strong - just check out that scene of her pleading with God in her car. (Plus, John Hawkes
is in it! Love that guy.) I'd be curious about Farmiga's first directorial effort even if the trailer weren't that hot, simply because I like her, but the fact that it actually looks good has me really looking forward to it.Higher Ground
will open in the U.S. August 26, 2011
Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, is a coming-of-age drama in ...