NYLON – Ellen Page and Kate Mara were looking for a project to work on together, but they wanted it to be a love story. When they were sent Joe Barton’s screenplay for My Days of Mercy, it stood out from the rest.
“I thought that it was a unique love story because there are other things and other conflicts happening in both of their lives,” Mara told me in September, as she sat across from friend and onscreen love interest Page, as well as My Days Of Mercy director Tali Shalom Ezer. It was only the beginning of the Toronto International Film Festival when we spoke, but both Page and Mara are seasoned actresses who have done this promotional song and dance before. In fact, Page was doing it for two films then, as she also stars in the zombie thriller The Cured.
My Days Of Mercy is special, though, and Page and Mara are extremely proud of what their partnership produced. The dark indie follows Page’s Lucy, a downtrodden, tomboyish young woman whose entire life has been eclipsed by the fact her father is on death row for having allegedly killed her mother. She spends all of her time with her older sister Martha (Amy Seimetz) and younger brother Benjamin (Charlie Shotwell), as they take an RV across the Midwest, protesting capital punishment outside of prisons. It’s an unlikely place for a meet cute, but that’s where Lucy first comes across Mercy (Mara), who is, of course, on the other side of the picket line. While appearances might indicate that Mercy is on the straight and narrow, her intense interest in Lucy dictates otherwise.
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And TIFF still isn’t over for Kate! Last night she attended the premiere of her new film “My Days of Mercy” alongside actresses Ellen Page, Amy Seimetz and director Tali Shalom-Ezer. She did an adorable post on Instagram, about doing this film with Ellen.
We added the first batch of pictures in our gallery. Enjoy!
Hey guys! Just a quick follow-up on the news we shared last week about My Days of Mercy and Chappaquiddick (Can anyone type this title without looking it up? Seriously) – it has now been confirmed that Kate will be attending Toronto International Film Festival this year! We don’t know if she’s going to the premieres of both films, but it seems highly likely. Along with the list of confirmed artists, TIFF has also released its complete lineup, which includes some information about each film. You can read more about Kate’s below.
USA / 107 minutes / 2017 / STC / Colour / English / World Premiere
This suspenseful historical drama examines the infamous 1969 incident when Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) accidentally drove off a bridge, resulting in the death of campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).
Among the most morally murky episodes in late-20th-century US politics — and that’s a crowded field — was the drowning of campaign specialist Mary Jo Kopechne in what would become known as the Chappaquiddick Incident. Kopechne was trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, following a night of festivities. This sombre, suspenseful recreation of the accident and its aftermath, directed by John Curran (TIFF 2013’s Tracks), invites us to speculate on how this shameful scandal came to be.
The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family’s last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe (Bruce Dern), however, always considered his youngest son a ne’er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it. The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the “Boiler Room Girls” who had served on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the drowning — itself dramatized here in harrowing detail — when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.
What makes Chappaquiddick such a brilliant historical drama is the way Curran and company focus on moment-by-moment choices instead of suggesting some overarching conspiracy. This is an unsettling film about the way power strives to protect itself while bystanders are left by the wayside.
Sunday – Sep 10, 2017
Monday – Sep 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sep 13, 2017
Saturday – Sep 16, 2017
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TIFF has announced earlier today its Gala Presentation lineups and Kate had two film selected to present its world premiere at the festival: Chappaquiddick and My Days of Mercy (previously know as Mercy).
Chappaquiddick, directed by John Curran, tells the recreation of the infamous 1969 drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off of a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, following a long night of festivities.
My Days of Mercy, directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer, tells the story of the daughter (Ellen Page) of a man on death row that falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family’s political cause.
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the festival schedule will be released on August 22nd.
Back in June Ellen page did an interview about Mercy, a project she and Kate would be doing together. More information about it started to be released this week.
Per Variety, “Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel.”
Tali Shalom Ezer, who previously directed the Sundance drama “Princess,” will direct the film from a script by Joe Barton. The film will be produced by Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa for Killer Films, along with Page and Mara.
“Mercy” is set to start shooting in Cincinnati next month.
In a recent interview with Shadrach Kabango at CBC Radio, Ellen Page revealed that Mercy will be start filming in September. Last year during Toronto Festival, Kate also revealed that she and Ellen would be producing and starring a film together.
It’s probably too early to talk about but we’re going to star in something that we’re producing together. We’re good friends but we also really want to work together as actors so hopefully that will happen soon.
Ellen revealed to Screendaily last year that this project is a gay love story, and she would produce it alongside Killer Films’ Christine Vachon. Kate will also star.