It's always nice to see artistic vision win out...even if it took five years to make. Course, The Wanting Mare has boatloads of ambition, but had to work on a limited budget. That being said, the film is lucky to have Nicholas Ashe Bateman as both it's writer and director. In fact, this is his directorial debut but his background as a visual effects artist (Most recently for films such as Free Solo, Wendy, and the upcoming The Green Knight) without a doubt benefited this project. With a massive scope, most of the project was filmed in a warehouse in Paterson, New Jersey, yet the trailer released today, reveals something quite awe-inspiring. The synopsis released also shows just how far-reaching the film will be in scope:
In the world of Anmaere, north of the city of Whithren, wild horses run through the moorlands and up the coast. These horses are the city’s most valuable export and, as a result, are hunted, trapped, sold, and shipped across the sea once a year. For those in Whithren, this trade passage creates lucrative and exciting possibilities: the chance to escape their constantly sweltering city and escape to the Western continent of Levithen, or simply to begin again.
Meanwhile, in a small house just north of the city, a young woman dies in childbirth. Her last words are an attempt to tell her daughter of the life she’ll have and her inheritance of a recurring dream that must be kept secret – for it contains the memories of another age long before us, one where magic and myth were alive in the world.
That daughter now left behind is Moira. She grows alone in Whithren, without anyone to explain her dream, her unique difference, or her place in the world. As a result, she resolves to leave Whithren at all costs, and employs the help of Lawrence, a wounded young man engaged in the criminal enterprise of stealing tickets.
This begins a series of events that echo over the next thirty-five years of their life, the life of a child found screaming on the rocks, and through the alleys and coasts of Whithren…a city hidden in the fog, wanting in heat, now beginning again.
After making waves at film festivals last year (Impressive given half of them were digital festivals), the film is finally set to be released in available theaters and on VOD on February 5th. For now, check out the official trailer below: