Boxer Kali Reis makes her astounding acting debut as Kaylee, a woman willing to do anything to find her missing sister. Director Josef Kubota Wladyka returns to Tribeca after winning the Best New Narrative Director prize for Manos Sucias in 2014 with a dark and important story of human trafficking and its impact on the indigenous population.
I had the chance to speak with Reis and Wladyka ahead of the film’s world premiere at Tribeca about the personal resonance of this project and the opportunity to tackle subject that are meaningful to them. You can watch the video below, along with an official summary and where to watch.
In this absorbing revenge thriller executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, a Native American woman embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister. The former boxer intentionally gets entangled in a human trafficking operation in order to retrace the steps of her kid sister and work her way up the chain of command to find the man responsible. Real life US boxing world champion Kali Reis plays the fearsome protagonist, delivering a raw breakout performance in a role that she co-wrote with the filmmaker. And Josef Wladyka, who won the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival with his debut Manos Sucias, lends an assured directorial eye to his second feature. The ruthless world of human trafficking is brought to life here with gripping suspense, immaculate cinematography and an emotional depth that resonates long after the end credits roll.
Here’s the trailer for the film:
Catch the Fair One is screening as part of the US Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.