The Starling Girl

The Starling Girl – Ottawa Premiere on June 16, 18-22!

Advance tickets now available for The Starling Girl!

17-year-old Jem Starling struggles with her place within her Christian fundamentalist community. But everything changes when her magnetic youth pastor Owen returns to their church.

Palm Springs International Film Festival: Directors To Watch award winner!
Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize nominee!
SXSW Film Festival: Audience Award nominee!

Grade: A! “ultimately, rather stunning.” (The Playlist)

Grade: A! “Eliza Scanlen in an exciting breakout performance…There are no false notes in The Starling Girl — just rich, engaging narrative filmmaking.” (Edge Media Network)

“Scanlen turns in a breathtakingly complex performance” (Arts Fuse)

“a dynamic coming-of-age film…Written with sharp insight…from beginning to end, is a gripping and impassioned exploration of the ties that bind” (In Between Drafts)

*Please take note that doors open 30 minutes before showtimes. We encourage people to arrive early. We have a small box office, a small candy bar, and a single-screen cinema, meaning that when most of an audience shows up a few minutes before showtime, it causes a bottleneck. If possible, we appreciate you arriving a little bit early to pick out your seat and get your popcorn. Thanks for your help!

Seventeen-year-old Jem Starling struggles to define her place within her fundamentalist Christian community in rural Kentucky. Even her greatest joy of dancing with the church group is tempered by worry that her actions are sinful and she is caught between a burgeoning awareness of her own sexuality and her religious devotion. With the return of Owen, an enigmatic youth pastor, Jem soon finds herself attracted to his worldliness and charm. Slowly, he draws her into a dangerous relationship that could upend their entire community.
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