Zoe Saldaña in 'The Absence of Eden' (Courtesy of Roadside Attractions)

In a cinematic journey through the heart-wrenching realities of the United States-Mexico border, first-time feature filmmaker Marco Perego presents “The Absence of Eden.”

This gripping narrative delves into the depths of human desperation, fragility, and resilience amidst the backdrop of a treacherous landscape.

The story centers around Esmee, portrayed by Zoe Saldaña, a young woman forced to flee her homeland after a violent altercation with a cartel member.

Guided by a ruthless Coyote and accompanied by a group of undocumented immigrants, Esmee embarks on a perilous journey toward sanctuary in the United States.

Along the way, she forms a bond with a young mother and her daughter, vowing to protect them amidst the chaos of border crossings and separation.

Perego’s directorial debut serves as a poignant reflection on the existential and spiritual crisis plaguing border communities.

The film reflects the personal stories which represent the fragility and corruption which pervades this issue and the deeper question about humanity,” Perego expresses.

With an ensemble cast including Garrett Hedlund and Adria Arjona, the film promises captivating performances that bring the characters’ struggles to life.

Roadside Attractions Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff commend Saldaña’s portrayal, acknowledging it as one of her greatest roles yet.

The Absence of Eden” stands as a compelling exploration of the human experience on both sides of the border.

Vertical Partner Peter Jarowey aptly describes it as being on the pulse of national debate, drawing audiences into a mesmerizing narrative from start to finish.

Watch the trailer below.

Perego’s meticulous research, including firsthand accounts from immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, lends authenticity to the film’s narrative.

His artistic vision, coupled with an original screenplay co-written with Rick Rapoza, ensures a rich and immersive storytelling experience.

Produced by a talented team including Julie Yorn, Robert Kravis, and Alexandra Milchan, with executive producers such as Martin Scorsese and Zoe Saldaña’s Cinestar Pictures, “The Absence of Eden” promises to leave a lasting impact on audiences, shedding light on the complex realities of border crossings and the enduring human spirit amidst adversity.

Fun Fact: Marco Perego and Zoe Saldaña are married.

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