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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2018

Based on Alexandra Bracken's book series, Darkest Minds follows the story of 16-year-old Ruby, played by Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games - Everything, Everything). After an unknown illness has killed 98% of the children, 2% of the survivors mysteriously develop superpowers. Precisely because of their extraordinary skills, the children are declared a threat by the government and locked up in Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp”. Ruby then decides to gather her teammates and escape from the camp, but the time comes when escaping is no longer enough: the children will have to resist and fight against the adults who betrayed them.

Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Production Year 2018
Nationality USA
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Screenplay Chad Hodge
Based on the book "The Darkest Minds"
by Alexandra Bracken
Director of photography Kramer Morgenthau
Editor Maryam Brandon, Dean Zimmerman
Production Design Russell Barnes
Costume Design Mary Claire Hannan
Music Benjamin Wallfisch
Main cast Amandla Stenberg
Harris Dickinson
Miya Cech
Skylan Brooks
Mandy Moore
Patrick Gibson
Lidya Jewett
Gwendoline Christie
Bardley Whitford
Produced by Dan Levine, Shawn Levy

 regista Jennifer Yuh NelsonJENNIFER YUH NELSON
THE DARKEST MINDS marks director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s first live-action feature. Before that Nelson had gained critical acclaim for her career in animation. She made her feature film directorial debut with KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011), which earned more than $665 million at the worldwide box-office as well as an Oscar nomination for best animated feature, and an Annie Award for best director. She continued on to direct the franchise’s successful follow-up KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016) alongside Alessandro Carloni.
Nelson had previously lent her talents to a variety of DreamWorks Animation pictures, including as head of story for KUNG FU PANDA (2008), for which she also directed the opening sequence consisting of a two-minute hand-drawn segment. She also was a story artist on SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON (2002) and MADAGASCAR (2005). Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Nelson worked at HBO Animation and served as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series SPAWN, which won an Emmy Award in 1999. She also worked as an illustrator for the live action film DARK CITY (1998) for Mystery Clock Productions. Born in South Korea, Nelson and her family moved to California where she attended California State University, receiving a BFA in Illustration.


21 Laps Entertainment

world sales
Twentieth Century Fox

Italian distribution
festival contact
Twentieth Century Fox Italy