WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williamstown Film Festival and Images Cinema are collaborating on a special one-night screening -- the New England premiere of writer-director Tom Gilroy’s new film "The Cold Lands" --
7 p.m., Sunday.
Gilroy will attend the screening at Images, introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward. His short, "Mr. Sycamore," screened at WFF in 2006, and another short, "Touch Base," premiered at Sundance. His first feature, "Spring Forward," starred Ned Beatty and WFF alumni Liev Schreiber and Campbell Scott. Gilroy is also a playwright whose work has been performed in this country and around the world.
"The Cold Lands" tells the story of Atticus (newcomer Silas Yelich), an 11-year-old boy who loses his mother (Lili Taylor) and, rather than get mired in the social welfare system, elects to live alone in the deep woods of upstate New York. His childhood is suddenly over and a new life on the move takes over as the border between reality and fantasy starts to blur. Among the strange people Atticus encounters is a drifter (Peter Scanavino) who lives out of his car, and the two form a fragile alliance in which each depends on the other.