Karlovy Vary FF

Martha Stephens – To the Stars #KVIFF54

Play Podcast
11 min. and 5 sec.

Two young girls against a society bound by gender traditions in rural America.

Play Podcast
11 min. and 5 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Martha Stephens, director of the film To the Stars.

To listen to the interview, click on the ► icon on the right, just above the picture

An interview with Martha Stephens, whose new film To the Stars had its international premiere in the official competition of the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. The director chats with us about several aspects of her film, the significance of it being set in the ’60s, the importance of empathy, the role of stereotypes within the cinematic language and more.

To the Stars: Bullied by her classmates, reclusive Iris finds small-town life pure torment; for self-assured Maggie, however, moving to the provinces provides an opportunity to stand out from the rest. A film excelling in finely wrought detail that takes us back to the 1960s, a time when society, bound by gender prejudice, detested the idea of individuality in women.


  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Martha Stephens
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    To the Stars
  • Festival section
    Official competition
Now playing:
Featured Posts