First Look: Vera Farmiga takes HIGHER GROUND to Sundance

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
December 6th, 2010

I am drawn to Vera Farmiga in much the same way that J.J. Abrams is drawn to a lens flare; I think she belongs in every scene in as many films as possible.

Although she has been acting since the late 90’s, Vera burst into the indie film world with a fiery performance in the underseen DOWN TO THE BONE. She has since tried her hand in more Hollywood fare (RUNNING SCARED, THE DEPARTED, UP IN THE AIR), while still showcasing her acting chops. Her next project (after Duncan Jones’ SOURCE CODE) is an adaptation of Carolyn Briggs' religious memoir This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Lost and Found, titled HIGHER GROUND in which Farmiga will star and direct. The film doesn’t feature any superstar actors, but instead includes many esteemed character actors including John Hawkes (Deadwood, WINTER’S BONE) and Bill Irwin (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED).

HIGHER GROUND tells the story of a woman who starts to question her fundamentalist community when tragedy continually befalls her. Check out the first stills from the film after the break.


HIGHER GROUND was recently accepted into the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, so we will soon see if Farmiga can continue her success there after winning the Special Jury Prize for her performance in DOWN TO THE BONE in 2004.

Source The Playlist

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