If you’ve watched your fair share of prestige TV you probably know Maggie Siff from “Mad Men” and “Sons of Anarchy.” She also had a terrific lead turn in the Sundance indie “Concussion” in 2013. Currently kicking ass on Showtime’s “Billions,” SIFF also landed a plum role in “A Woman, A Part,” which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival Earlier this year.
The feature-length debut of celebrated filmmaker/artist Elisabeth Subrin (“Shulie,” “The Caretakers”), “A Woman, A Part,” is a critique of women in the media and centers on an workaholic actress who extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role in hopes of reinventing herself. Here’s the official synopsis:
Anna Baskin (Maggie Siff, “Mad Men, “Billions”) is at a crossroads. She’s a successful television actress on a hit network show in Los Angeles and has played the same limiting “career woman” part for years. Following an insulting on-set confrontation, Anna re veals to her manager Leslie (Khandi Alexander, “Treme,” “Scandal”) that she wants to quit acting — even though leaving her show would result in a huge lawsuit and ruin her career. She impulsively flies to New York in an attempt to return to the past life she left behind, reconnecting with lapsed friends from her ’90s experimental theater troupe: Kate (Cara Seymour, “The Knick,” AN EDUCATION), a now-sober, queer ex-actress, and Isaac (John Ortiz, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK), a married, struggling playwright. Isaac welcomes Anna with open arms — an acceptance possibly fueled by his hope that Anna’s celebrity can help his career — while Kate is more skeptical, wondering why Anna has suddenly crashed back into their lives. But when Anna learns that her old life has been used by her friends as inspiration for their own work about the ‘90s theater scene, she experiences a complex betrayal — a betrayal, that, paradoxically, leads her back to the intoxicating security of losing herself in a part….
Making its North American Premiere at BAMcinemaFest 2016 this week (it screens again on Sunday, June 26th at 6PM at BAM Rose Cinemas), we’ve got the debut North American trailer for what appears to be an engrossing drama worth watching. Check it out the trailer below (or click on the image above) and let us know what you think.