The Girl in the Book


Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 10, 2015 4:45 PM
Rafael 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 8:15 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Focus: Lit Flix
Running Time:88 min
Director:Marya Cohn
Producer:Gina Resnick
Kyle Heller
Screenwriter:Marya Cohn
Cinematographer:Trevor Forrest
Editor:Jessica Brunetto
Cast:Emily VanCamp
Michael Nyqvist
David Call
Michael Christofer
Talia Balsam
Ana Mulvoy-Ten
Note Writer:Dominique O'Neil


After an enticing mentorship with a close family friend brings young Alice Harvey (Ana Mulvoy-Ten) into a questionable relationship with renowned older writer Milan Daneker (a compelling Michael Nykvist The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest), the residual effects haunt her 15 years later. The impending reissue of the seminal novel Milan based on her life forces Alicenow an assistant editorto reconnect with the man who stifled her own writing and continues to exert a corrosive influence on her life. Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters) delivers a nuanced, empathetic performance as the 29-year-old Alice, who sees her writer’s block and self-sabotaging behavior in a new light through the prism of this disconcerting reunion. A stunning and perceptive debut film from Marya Cohn, The Girl in the Book compassionately explores the overlooked manifestations of abusive relationships and the struggle to rediscover one’s own creative voice.

Additional Information

Marya Cohn is the award winning writer/director of the feature film The Girl in the Book. Her short film, Developing, starring Natalie Portman and Frances Conroy, screened at Sundance, won grand prizes at the Belgian Festival Mondial du Cinéma de Court Métrage and the St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival, and aired on The Sundance Channel and Channel 13’s Reel NY. She has also directed plays at The Here Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Dixon Place, Vital Theater, HB Playwrights’ Foundation and Theater, The Women’s Project, New Georges, NADA 45, and the playwrights’ unit at EST. Cohn currently teaches screenwriting and intellectual prose at Montclair State University. She received her MFA from NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television and her B.A. from Harvard University, where she won the Louis B. Sudler Award for Achievement in the Arts.