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The Land of Owls
A film by Patrick Letterii

79 minutes, color, 2021

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The Land of Owls follows a pair of Brooklyn couples working through their relationship issues at an upstate retreat. In the isolation of the Catskill Mountains, the retreat leader pushes the couples through a weekend of exercises that force them out of their calcified comfort zones. Removed from the routine distractions of city life and engaging in honest communication for the first time, they have a chance to rebuild their partnerships –or to leave them behind.

Cast: Ricardo Dávila, Blake DeLong, Emma Duncan, Emma Lahti, Ronald Peet, David Rysdahl & Jasmin Walker.

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"The Land of Owls a well-shot, superbly acted little indie that invites us to understand what couples therapy is, without ignoring what the potential dangers of such a process might be This is a thoughtful, often engrossing film, and worth recommending to cineastes who still fly the flag for intelligent, sensitive fare." - Film Authority

"Delves into the vulnerability and harsh realities that come with romantic love. The film uses its ethereal setting and mystical score to craft an almost illusionary and suspicious tension throughout. What makes The Land Of Owls a refreshing viewing experience lays within the honesty and realness it portrays. Rather than centering on two heterosexual couples, Letterii instead presents a straight couple and a gay couple...the multitude of perspectives presented stops The Land Of Owls falling victim to the easy and overdone tropes heteronormativity carries. Rather, Letterii does well to reflect relationships that feel real and relatable."- Screen Queens

"Like a gentle, loping folk song, The Land of Owls is a definite mood. A measured alternative to the blockbuster action and spectacle fare of summer, writer-director Patrick Letterii’s feature debut evokes the tranquility and reflection one might garner on a hot, lazy weekend spent at a rustic Catskills retreat...a subtle, elegant dance that rewards sincere reflection." - MetroWeekly

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