American Woman (2019 film)

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American Woman
Directed bySemi Chellas
Produced by
  • Semi Chellas
  • Christina Piovesan
Written bySemi Chellas
Based onAmerican Woman by Susan Choi
Music byLesley Barber
CinematographyGregory Middleton
Edited byLindsay Allikas
Release date
  • April 28, 2019 (2019-04-28) (Tribeca)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • Canada

American Woman is an 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Semi Chellas, in her directorial debut. It stars Hong Chau, Sarah Gadon, Lola Kirke, John Gallagher Jr., Ellen Burstyn, and David Cubitt. It is based on the 2003 novel of the same title by Susan Choi.

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019.


Tribeca Film Festival reports the synopsis, "Adept at living off the grid ever since she masterminded an act of violence against the American government, 25-year-old former radical Jenny Shimada (Hong Chau) agrees to take care of three fugitives who are on the run. One of them, the kidnapped granddaughter of a wealthy newspaper magnate (Sarah Gadon), has become a national celebrity for embracing her captors’ ideology and joining their revolutionary cell. Semi Chellas (Mad Men, The Romanoffs) makes her directorial debut with this fictional account of the real-life woman who cared for heiress Patty Hearst after she was abducted."[1]



In September 2017, it was announced Hong Chau had joined the cast of the film, with Semi Chellas directing from a screenplay she wrote. Killer Films will produce the film.[2]


It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019.[3] It will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.[4]


  1. ^ a b "American Woman". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 27, 2017). "'Downsizing' Breakout Hong Chau to Star in Patty Hearst Movie 'American Woman' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Hayes, Dade (March 5, 2019). "Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Feature Lineup, With Screen Time For John DeLorean, Muhammad Ali, Chelsea Manning". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.

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