Paradise Hills is Equal Parts Fantasy, Female Empowerment and friendship
Spanish film director Alice Waddington screened her debut film, Paradise Hills at LAFS. It’s a dreamy coming-of-age fantasy that exposes the gender norms family and society force onto women. While the set may be cloaked in tulle and femininity, the film gives a younger female audience the chance to see themselves in the fearless characters on screen.
Emma Roberts plays the film’s protagonist, Uma, who is forced into a reform school against her will. Uma bands together with two other girls played by Awkwafina and Danielle Macdonald to escape Paradise Hills and the evil dutchess (Milla Jovovich).
Paradise Hills is my debut film, and dedicated to all the girls who grew up loving sci-fi and fantasy but never feeling like they saw themselves in it. It is meant to be kitschy and silly, an innocent worldview without the cynicism of adulthood. I dearly hope you enjoy.
— Alice Waddington (@alicewadd) January 28, 2019