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Gal Young Un

Fortnight 1980, Feature film,

Synopsis

The screenplay is adapted from a novel by Marjorie Kennin Rawlings. Gal Young ‘Un centers on a spinster woman who lives alone in the woods of north Florida until she is swept off her feet by an opportunistic bootlegger. He marries her for her place and her daddy’s money and her cooking and cleaning, which she freely shares. One day he brings home a very young woman with clear intentions of keeping her as a mistress (a gal young ‘un) in the older woman’s house. Business takes him elsewhere and the two woman are left alone in the woods together to come to terms with their shared exploitedness. The older woman’s slowburn and eventual retaliation are masterfully crafted.

Director

Victor Nunez

He graduated at the Antioch College and in the UCLA. He worked as a director, a screen writer, a cameraman and an editor on many educational or corporate films. He was a teacher. In 1975, he decided to dedicate only to direction. His three first feature films were shown at The Directors’ Fortnight. Ruby in Paradise won in 1993 the Grand Prize in Sundance.