Maria is an independently produced short drama written by Tom Darling and directed by Erik Bostedt. It stars Sophie Hunter and was shot on 35mm film by the cinematographer Justin Brown in February 2011 on location in Dorset.

Erik Bostedt was awarded a Trailblazer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009.

Maria premiered at the Stockholm International Film Festival in November 2011.

Plot Outline:

Maria is the story of James and his 11 year-old daughter Molly. On their way home one winter’s evening they drive past a woman walking alone along a remote country road. Convinced the woman is her mother, whom she knows only from old photographs, Molly persuades James to stop and offer her a lift. While Molly tries to match her imagined mother to this mysterious stranger, James is forced to face a ghost from the past, and to question his expectations of love.


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