Madeline's Madeline

Madeline's Madeline
Director: Josephine Decker

USA, 2018, 93 mins., drama, thriller, English with Lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives.


2018 Student Jury Award – Special Mention in Champs-Élysées Film Festival
2018 Special Jury Prize in Narrative Feature Competition in Dallas International Film Festival
2018 Future/Now – Special Jury Prize to Helena Howard in Montclair Film Festival
2018 Special Jury Prize in Narrative Feature Competinion to Helena Howard for acting in Sarasota Film Festival

About the director

Part of Time Warner's 150 incubator, Sundance Institute's 2016 New Frontier Lab and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker has been said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” (The New Yorker). Her newest feature Madeline’s Madeline World Premiered at Sundance 2018 where it was called a “mind-scrambling masterpiece” by Indiewire and a “radical, breathtaking beauty” by The Village Voice. She premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to similarly rave reviews. The films were listed #2 and #10 on The New Yorker’s Top Ten List of 2014, played about a hundred festivals around the world, won Sarasota Film Festival’s Independent Visions Award, Tangerine Entertainment’s prize for a rising female director and many other awards.

Josephine comes from a documentary background; she helped to produce documentaries for A&E and Discovery before moving into indie film with her feature documentary Bi The Way. She recently directed 20 short docs for the Museum of the City of New York and has directed content for United Way and other non-profits.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Josephine Decker

Dir. of Photography: Ashley Connor

Music: Caroline Shaw

Producer: Krista Parris, Elizabeth Rao

Cast: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July