Akatewa by Jean-Marie MAZALEYRAT | Script Revolution

Akatewa

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A Native American woman is drawn to a man who strongly resembles a long-lost lover, triggering her slow recollection of long-blocked, horrific trauma that she must reckon with—or die trying.
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Fall 2006, in countryside in fall colors, ALICE at 16, rides her horse to the Rocky Mountain town of Blackstone, where she visits her teenage boyfriend WILLY with whom she is clearly very much in love.

A decade later, on horseback, Alice lingers before Willy's house, now deserted, and then continues to her family’s ranch, Akatewa. Alice argues with Ben about his disapproval of her long-ago relationship with Willy, now a top attorney in Chicago. She then takes refuge in her library: a room she’s transformed into her adored world of science, Native artifacts, and her own artistic creations. The next morning, city council-woman, Alice, heads into Blackstone for a council meeting, during which two trains collide outside the town and she and her best friend MEG rush to aid the injured.

One of the survivors, PHIL, a National Geographic journalist, bears an astonishing resemblance to Willy. He helps Alice search the wreckage for survivors and coordinate the relief effort. Grateful, Alice invites him to stay with her, as he has nowhere else to go. Despite Ben’s immediate dislike of Phil, the attraction between Phil and Alice begins to grow.

The next day, Alice and Phil head back to the crash site, where cars from the train dangle from a cliff, over a river flowing through Akatewa land. The cars contain chemicals that will cause an ecological disaster if they fall. Phil and one of the firefighters climb up the cliff to inspect the cars. In the ensuing days, as Alice continues to deal with the aftermath of the crash, Phil starts to investigate both the causes of the crash and the man who he so closely resembles, Willy. All the while, his relationship with Alice continues to grow. Eventually Phil is called back to New York for work, but with the promise to return in a few days.

Alice drops Phil at the nearby airport. On her way home, she experiences disturbing visions of Willy. Dreams or memories? She’s comforted by Meg. but can’t help return to Willy's deserted house, Meg's last words echoing in her mind, “Willy’s back in town, representing the rail company operating the freight train.”

The next morning, at the end of the funeral service for the victims, Alice has puzzling, mixed emotions at seeing Willy for the first time in so many years. When the Mayor accuses Phil of investigating the crash behind her back in order to scoop the disaster for his personal gain, she begins to question Phil’s motives. After Willy gets in touch with her; yet another argument with Ben, and increasing visions, a confused and confounded Alice is pushed to the breaking point.

The day after, Alice strolls in Liberty's airport awaiting Phil’s return and runs into Willy who's waiting for his clients. Uncomfortable, Alice pretends to leave, then discreetly goes to the arrival area. When Phil returns with a female colleague he formerly had a relationship with, Alice is in despair and turns to Willy. She arranges to have drinks with him. As they chat about the past, visions of Willy raping her leave her horror stricken. She flees, running to Meg's home, where she confesses to her visions, realizing that they were memories locked away in denial for a decade. Meg adds to the story: Willy had paid for her abortion, after which Alice suffered a nervous breakdown, and that Alice’s “over-bearing” father Ben has instead been protecting her for years because of her fragile mental state.

Alice takes her horse and goes into the countryside to think. She spends the day wandering meaningful places, including that of her rape. Alice is in the ravine at Akatewa when one of the train cars falls into the river. Her horse bolts, throwing Alice and leaving her stranded. Disoriented, she heads for Willy’s deserted, childhood home.

When her horse returns to Akatewa without her, Ben starts a manhunt for Phil who he believes is responsible for Alice's disappearance. Zelda warns Phil, who joins the sheriff.

That night, with Alice inside his house, Willy arrives, sexually assaulting Alice once more. As she fights him off, a lantern falls and the house is set ablaze.
When Phil learns of Alice’s past from Meg, he speeds to Willy’s flaming home, bursting into the house to find Alice prostrate on the landing. In a daze, Alice points behind Phil. When Phil turns, he finds Willy, and the two fight it out until the burning floor gives way under his feet. Willy grasps Alice again but she struggles, causing Willy to fall to his death.

Phil tries to shake Alice from her daze then carries her from the crumbling house, just as Ben arrives with his men and tries to shoot Phil. The sheriff intervenes, letting Ben know that Phil is not trying to harm Alice, but rather saved her life. At the hospital, Phil stays by Alice until she leaves the next afternoon. On their way back to Akatewa, as they pass the ruins of Willy's house, Alice asks if Willy was ever really there. When Phil reveals that Willy died years earlier, Alice answers that she “needed to kill him anyway.” Finally released from her past, later that night she joins Phil in his room, and together, the two move forward.

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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