Film
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION

PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING

Directed by Karen Gillan
FEATURE NARRATIVE 90 Minutes International Premiere
FILM GUIDE PARTY'S JUST BEGINNING
Liusaidh (Karen Gillan) is a sharp-witted, foul-mouthed, heavy-drinking twenty-something who is still reeling from a recent loss. Living with her parents in the remote Scottish Highlands, she spends most nights boozing at the local pub and embarks on what she assumes—perhaps rightly—will be yet another short-term fling when she hooks up with an out-of-towner (Lee Pace) who is going through a midlife crisis. At the same time, a wrong number leads Liusaidh to an anonymous connection with an old man who is grappling with his own end-of-life questions and regrets. These three characters, each at their own crossroads, search for answers—together and independently—in the cold northern landscape, under fleeting glimpses of the Northern Lights.

A coming-of-age story at three distinct moments in life, The Party’s Just Beginning is an emotional tour de force, a surreal love letter to Gillan’s hometown, and a bold assertion of the first-time writer-director as a witty, wild, dark, and profound new voice.

—Cara Cusumano
Drama, LGBT, First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Originally from Scotland, Karen Gillan moved to the United States to pursue acting, and she found filmmaking along the way. Karen’s work has a tendency to both seek out the twisted darkness and embrace the humor found in adversity. She directed two short films, Coward and Conventional, before her debut feature, The Party’s Just Beginning.

Film Info
  • Section:
    International Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    International
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Composer:
    Pepijn Caudron
  • Screenwriter:
    Karen Gillan
  • Editor:
    Brett W. Bachman
  • Director:
    Karen Gillan
  • Cast:
    Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Matthew Beard, Paul Higgins, Siobhan Redmond, Jamie Quinn, Rachel Jackson
  • Cinematographer:
    Edd Lukas
  • Producers:
    Mali Elfman, Andru R. Davies, Claire Mundell
  • Executive Producers:
    Boman Modine, Tien-Huei Grace Yeh, Sloan Martin, Albert Gersten

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