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Land, which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 12

By Jen Juneau
February 01, 2021 11:18 AM
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Robin Wright is doing her part to combat the "darkness and meanness" she sees on social media with her newest film.

Land — which premiered Sunday at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and stars Wright, 54 — also marks the actress's directorial debut.

As reported by Page Six, she said in a Cinema Café chat with Rebecca Hall the same day that she "wanted to make a movie at that time because there was so much pain in our country."

"Just the ugliness that was going on in the world with, you know, the explosion of Twitter," continued Wright. "Everybody was a judge and there was so much bullying going on."

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Robin Wright stars as "Edee" in her feature directorial debut LAND, a Focus Features release
Robin Wright in Land
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Director / actor Robin Wright (left) and director of photography Bobby Bukowski (right) on the set of LAND, a Focus Features release
Behind the scenes of Land
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Robin Wright (left) stars as "Edee" and Demián Bichir (right) stars as "Miguel" in LAND, a Focus Features release
Demián Bichir and Robin Wright in Land
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"I thought about the effect that had on children and how that's changing, psychologically, our cellular makeup," she explained. "All this darkness and meanness."

Land chronicles the journey of a bereaved woman, played by Wright, who goes off the grid in Wyoming to start over.

"You need human connection and kindness to pull you through adversity," the House of Cards alum said of her aim with the drama.

In a "Meet the Artist" segment on the Sundance Institute's YouTube channel, Wright describes the film as "a woman's search for meaning in the aftermath of a life-changing event, as she retreats to the beautiful but unforgiving wilds of the Rockies to try to find a new way to live."

Robin Wright stars as "Edee" in her feature directorial debut LAND, a Focus Features release
Robin Wright in Land
| Credit: Daniel Power/Focus Features

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She adds, "It's about what happens when the world that you know and think will always exist is ripped out from under your feet."

"It's about survival in all its different forms, and about the necessity of human connection — something that feels even more resonant today than when we started this filmmaking journey two and a half years ago," continues The Princess Bride star.

"Land is one of those films that you had to live in order to film it," Wright says. "And it's been one of the greatest adventures of my life."

Land, which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released in the U.S. on Feb. 12.