Eliza Hittman, director of "Never Rarely Sometimes Always"

Eliza Hittman

SHAMOKIN — A motion picture filmed on the city streets in February was completed on March 29 in New York City and is now set for release.

Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls living in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy and lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark on a brave but fraught journey across state lines to New York City. The supporting cast includes Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold and Sharon Van Etten.

The film is produced by Pastel Production’s Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy and developed by BBC Films, which also co-financed it along with Tango Entertainment and Mutressa Movies.

It is Hittman’s highly anticipated third feature film.

“Eliza is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and in ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ she sensitively explores an experience women around the world can relate to,” said Rose Garnett, director of BBC Films. “We’re proud to help Eliza tell this story.”

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” reunites Hittman and “Beach Rats” cinematographer Hélène Louvart.

“We have been admirers of Eliza’s filmmaking since her debut ‘It Felt Like Love’ and are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with her on ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always,’ a critical story for our time and one that we feel desperately needs to be told,” a spokesperson for Pastel Productions said.

Hittman is noted for her prior cinematic works, “It Felt Like Love” and the aforementioned “Beach Rats.” Romanski and Murphy also produced Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Executive producers are Rose Garnett of BBC Films, Tim Headington and Lia Buman of Tango Entertainment, and Elika Portnoy and Alex Orlovsky of Mutressa Movies.

“Eliza is an outstanding artist who elevates intimate tales into powerfully relatable stories, and Pastel consistently make courageous films that humanize topics too often polarized in the media,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining them on the journey of bringing this timely and moving film to the world.”

Focus Features will handle distribution worldwide with Universal Pictures International, excluding Free UK television rights, which are retained by BBC Films. Focus Features is a part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

The global division of UFEG includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.

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