Vera Farmiga discussed religious dogma, the search for spiritual enlightenment, and the making of Higher Ground, her directorial debut, during an interview (just recently posted on YouTube) with Timothy Lee Cogshell. Please scroll down to check out the six-minute Farmiga interview. (Image: Vera Farmiga.)
Mostly set in Iowa in the '70s and '80s, Higher Ground follows a young couple played by Farmiga and Boyd Holbrook, who become deeply involved with a radical Christian church. Outside events, however, eventually make Farmiga's character question her belief in the Christian god (or any god, for that matter).
Higher Ground movie cast and credits
Loosely adapted from Carolyn Briggs' book of memoirs This Dark World: A Story of Faith Found, Higher Ground was co-written by Briggs and Tim Metcalfe. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; in the United States, it had a brief commercial run via Sony Pictures Classics in August of that year. Higher Ground was released on DVD/Bluray in January 2012.
Also in the Higher Ground cast: Donna Murphy, John Hawkes, Nina Arianda, Dagmara Dominczyk, Norbert Leo Butz, Bill Irwin, Joshua Leonard, and Vera Farmiga's sister Taissa Farmiga, best known for American Horror Story.
Vera Farmiga movies
Among Vera Farmiga's movie credits are Down to the Bone (2004), a little-seen drama that earned her a Best Actress citation from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; a supporting role in Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate (2004), as politician Jon Voight's daughter and brainwashed Liev Schreiber's former love interest; Martin Scorsese's Best Picture Academy Award winner The Departed (2006), in which Farmiga becomes wrapped up with both Leonardo DiCaprio's cop and Matt Damon's cop/con man; and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009), as George Clooney's fellow frequent flyer, a role that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
Vera Farmiga's upcoming movies include James Wan's horror thriller The Conjuring, featuring Patrick Wilson and Breaking Dawn - Part 2's hybrid child Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy; Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon, an Argo-ish heist drama with Mark Strong; and Adam Rodgers' Middleton, which the IMDb describes as the story of “a man and a woman [who] fall in love while taking their kids on a college admissions tour.” The Middleton cast includes Andy Garcia, Taissa Farmiga, Tom Skerritt, Nicholas Braun, and Peter Riegert.
Vera Farmiga image: screengrab from Higher Ground interview with Tim Cogshell.