Akatewa by Jean-Marie MAZALEYRAT | Script Revolution

Akatewa

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A young woman growing up in the shadow of the Rockies falls for the survivor of a horrific derailment. As their relationship builds, she is forced to reckon with the trauma in her own past.
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An Indian summer in the Rocky Mountain.

October 2006, in the countryside in fall colors, ALICE (16) rides up to Blackstone where she reunites with her boyfriend WILLY.
Months later, a pale Alice exits a nursing home cuddled up to her father BEN with their housemaid ZELDA at their side.
October 2016, A slender Alice (26) stops in front of Willy's house, now deserted, then rides up to her family’s ranch Akatewa. The day after, two trains collide at the edge of the town, causing tens of victims. While helping in early rescue operations with her friend MEG, Alice meets a survivor, PHIL, a senior editor at National Geographic … who's the spitting image of Willy.

Alice puts Phil up at Akatewa, but as their mutual attraction quickly drifts toward romance, his resemblance with Willy arouses Ben’s hostility. While Phil leaves for two days on a business trip, harsh visions about Willy disturb Alice. After getting comfort from Meg, she stops in front of Willy's still deserted house while Meg's last words echo in her mind: Willy is back in town as the lawyer of the railway company. The next morning, at the end of the funeral service for the victims, the Mayor warns Alice against Phil and Willy gets in touch with her, letting her in an agitated mood. At Akatewa, Ben’s hostility comes to a breaking point and makes Alice crack.

The next day, as Alice strolls in Liberty's airport to pick Phil up, she runs into Willy who's waiting for his clients. Alice pretends to leave then discreetly goes to the arrival area where she reunites with Phil, who's accompanied by Meredith, a young colleague from National Geographic. Alice is in despair. She dumps Phil and meets Willy in downtown. As they chat about the past, new visions leave her utterly distraught. She rushes out and flees, then runs at Meg's where the two spend the night clarifying Alice's memories: ten years earlier, Willy raped her then forced her to have an abortion. She had a breakdown and coped through denial.

Alice sadly spends the day wandering through old places. She finally breaks in Willy's house. Willy arrives at night and tries to rape her again, making an oil lamp crash, which sets the house ablaze. Phil bursts into the house and finds Alice prostate on the landing. As she points Willy behind him, the two men fight until Phil suddenly disappears when the floor gives way under his feet. Willy seizes Alice again but she makes him stumble and fall to his death before she faints.
On the landing, that's actually Phil who shakes Alice then takes her out of the blazing house. At the hospital, Phil stands by her side until they leave in the afternoon, then Phil takes her out for lunch. During the meal, they exchange a furtive kiss.
On their way back to Akatewa, as they pass the ruins of Willy's house, Alice asks "Willy wasn't there, was he?" When Phil reveals that Willy actually died years earlier, a released Alice says "I needed to kill him anyway." Later that night, Alice joins Phil in his room.

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AUTHORS' VIEW

The narrative idea behind Akatewa is to tell two dramas in parallel:
- A disaster and its aftermath that gradually fades in the background, while
- A personal ordeal arises and grows up to a breaking point on the foreground,
until both end in a final rebirth.
The story unfolds over the course of seven days, every one beginning with a visit to the crash scene where the rescue then the rebuild operations slowly progress.

AKATEWA is a saga about a Native American family from Coeur d'Alène Nation, set in the North of Idaho. The whole story should be a series of 5 movies covering a period from approximately 1850 to the present time, each movie focusing on the life and destiny of one member of the family. It's told backward to gradually plunge the audience into the First Nations' forgotten history in a genuine way.
The introducing movie tells the story of Alice, a 27 year old young woman and the last descendant of the family, as she must reckon with the drama she denied for ten years.
In spite of its dramatic background, Akatewa is firstly a great romance.
The ranch's name Akatewa refers to an Amerindian sacred place in its land and is taken from the Nez Percé word "càwtiwa." meaning "decoration with shells".

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

ALICE (F/16/26): A young woman and city council member who is struggling to escape from the influence of her father, and who starts to fall for Phil.
PHIL (M/mid 30s): A National Geographic reporter who helps Alice deal with the aftermath of a train crash which he survives.
WILLY (M/17/27): Alice’s teenage love who she is still trying to get over ten years on; Phil greatly resembles him.
BEN (M/70): Alice’s controlling and over-protective father, and the owner of the Akatewa ranch.
ZELDA (F/50): The former carer for Alice’s now deceased mother and Ben’s wife, Aline, who has stayed with the family since Aline’s death.
MEG (F/late 20s): Alice’s best friend and confidant.

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AWARDS:

Over the 5 years of its development, Akatewa already got 45 awards and selections in contests and festivals.

Attached Talent: 

Mens Sana (AD), Executive Producer. We need co-executive and associate producers.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

2018 International Independent Film Awards * Best feature screenplay Winner
2018 The Monthly Film Festival* Best feature screenplay Winner
2018 Colorado International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Winner
2018 Spirit Quest Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2018 Los Angeles Television, Script and Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2018 Screenplay Festival * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2018 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest * Best feature screenplay Winner
2018 The Crime List * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2018 Mountain Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Winner
2018 Girls Don't Cry - Persephone's Daughters Film Division * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2018 California Women's Film Festival (Summer) * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2017 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2017 Back In The Box Competition * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2017 17th Beverly Hills Screenplay Festival * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2016 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest * Best feature screenplay Winner
2016 Swedish International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Semi-finalist
2016 GO Independent International Film Festival, Los Angeles * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 Depth of Field International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 TMC London Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 International Independent Film Awards - Summer Session * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 iHOLLY: The Next Generation Independent Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 Los Angeles CineFest * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2016 Magwill International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Official Selection
2015 Richmond International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Quarterfinalist
2015 Houston Worldfest * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2015 Write Movies contest # 38 * Best feature screenplay Finalist
2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival * best feature screenplay Winner
2015 Women's Independent Film Festival * Best feature screenplay First Award of Merit
2015 Alaska International Film Awards * Best feature screenplay Second Official Finalist
2015 8th Storypros Awards * Best feature screenplay Quarterfinalist
2015 Indie Gathering International Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Honorable Mention
2015 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition * Best Feature screenplay Official Selection
2015 Oregon Film Awards 2015 * Best feature screenplay Silver Award
2015 Hollywood International Moving Pictures FF * Best feature Screenplay Winner
2015 SPFW INDIE FILM FESTIVAL Switzerland * Best Feature Screenplay Finalist
2015 The Monthly Film Festival * Best Feature Screenplay Semifinalist
2015 StoryPros International screenwriting contest * Best feature screenplay Semifinalist
2015 SPFW INDIE FILM FESTIVAL Switzerland * Best Feature Screenplay Finalist
2014 Yosemite Film Festival * Best feature screenplay Top Ten Official Finalist
2014 StoryPros International screenwriting contest * Best feature screenplay quarterfinalist
2013 Screenplay Festival * Best feature screenplay Honorable Mention

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The Writer: Jean-Marie MAZALEYRAT

Jean-Marie is a French producer/writer. He has been writing poetry and short stories since the age of 20, and screenplays in French and English for the past seven years. 
He reads and selects scripts for www.WeFilmGood.com , the Maison Des Scénaristes (France) and international festivals (Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand). He translates screenplays and other materials from English to French for the Entertainment Industry. On demand, he also works as a story consultant and adapts novels for screen. He coproduces movies since 2015.

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