The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Little Woods

An acclaimed and thoroughly gripping modern-day western, writer-director Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods comes to The Frida April 26th – May 2nd.

In the sleepy town of Little Woods, North Dakota, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. When her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex.  When the two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure, Ollie finds herself facing the harrowing choice of returning to a criminal life she’s worked hard to leave behind.

A taught and affecting yarn about a family pushed to extremes, Little Woods is a taut thriller, ripe with social commentary, from one of cinema’s rising talents, Nia DaCosta – recently selected by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele to helm his production company’s Candyman reboot.   Winner of multiple independent film festival awards, including a tie between Thompson and James at the 2019 Gasparilla International Film Festival for Best Lead Performance, Little Woods currently ranks at 97% on the rating aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the year.

“DaCosta deftly balances Ollie’s illicit activities with the economic anxieties so many have to struggle with to create the kind of suspense Hitchcock or Scorsese would envy.” — Andrea Thompson, Cultured Vultures

“The life-on-the-margins drama makes a fine, tense vehicle for Tessa Thompson, who in the last few years has stood out in a variety of genres.” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“DaCosta’s meticulous work in laying out a socially conscious scenario in such a wildly entertaining way shines through, and for a film that strives towards new beginnings, one couldn’t be more excited about the future of this exceptional first-time writer/director.” — Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest