We end this week’s look at Emmy nominees that you might have missed with HBO’s “The Tale,” starring Laura Dern as real-life documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, who recovers a traumatic childhood memory, shard by jagged shard. “The Tale,” streaming on HBOGo, is impossible to watch, impossible not to, and if that seems like contradictory viewing counsel, then take it in the spirit intended....
The Tale will be told this summer.
HBO announced Monday the Laura Dern-starring Sundance breakout - which it acquired out of the Park City, Utah festival for a reported $7 million in January - will premiere Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on the subscription network. It also debuted a short trailer for the project teasing roughly 15 seconds of footage.
A source pegged the deal at $7 million, which makes the film one of the biggest price tags of the festival (only Neon/AGBO's Assassination Nation eclipsed that at just north of $10 million). It was an interesting move for HBO, which almost never picks up a finished narrative feature, opting for homegrown fare instead (HBO does acquire finished documentaries).
The Tale (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Fox, Producers: Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Sol Bondy, Simone Pero) — An investigation into one woman’s memory as she‘s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story. Cast: Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common.
Inspired by real characters from the award-winning book “Sex Trafficking” by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara, Will Wallace’s “Trafficked” follows a trio of intertwining stories about young women forced into the world of human, organ, drug, and gun trafficking. The film focuses on three girls — from America, Nigeria, and India — who, though horrific experiences in the trafficking world, end up as sex slaves in a Texas brothel.