Tribeca Film Festival 2021
Tribeca Film Festival 2021 - Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Josef Kubota Wladyka
Josef Kubota Wladyka, Kali Reis
Tiffany Chu, Michael Drayer, Kimberly Guerrero, Daniel Henshall, Kali Reis
Ben Rodriguez Jr
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“Wladyka’s film is always gripping, always searching, and always testing the boundaries of its protagonist and its audience”
– Michael Frank, THE FILM STAGE
“A brutal take on revenge tropes”
– Ciara Wardlow, PAJIBA
“It looks for its invisible women - Indigenous and otherwise - with the urgency of someone who knows what seeing them would actually mean”
- David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE
WINNER: Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2021
Mixed Indigenous ex-boxer Kaylee “K.O.” Uppashaw (Kali Reis) is going through a rough stretch. Temporarily staying at a women’s shelter, she works a diner gig while navigating the processes of putting her life back together following the disappearance of her sister two years ago. One night, a private investigator brings evidence that her sister may in fact be alive – and is being moved around a brutal sex-trafficking network. Kaylee prepares herself for the most ferocious fight of her life as she moves to infiltrate the monstrous underworld that tore her family apart.
Propelled by a commanding performance from WBA Super lightweight champion Kali “K.O. Mequinonoag” Reis, the first Native American fighter to win the International Boxing Association middleweight crown, CATCH THE FAIR ONE is a dark powerhouse of a film. Pulverizing with fury and grief, it’s the scorching culmination of a four-year collaboration with director Josef Kubota Wladyka (MANOS SUCIAS), who co-wrote with his star. As much a revenge thriller as it is a personal interpretation of factual crimes, the film addresses North America’s horrific crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women with urgency, coming at a time when it couldn’t be more needed. It’s enormously impactful. Hard-hitting and empathetic. At its heart is Reis, bringing the intense physicality of her role to remarkable heights – fighting sequences aside, her body language alone can stop a world war in its tracks – matched with piercing dramatic abilities that bring so much to the table. With strong direction and dimensioned character work, Reis and Wladyka have made a standout destined to be talked about for years to come. Co-produced by Darren Aronofsky and 2021 Oscar-winner Mollye Asher. See it. – Mitch Davis
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