Fortunate Country is a short film about the varied and complex lives of modern Midwestern women, adapted from the Willa Cather novel "O Pioneers". This naturalistic film tells the story of a young woman who returns to her hometown in central Nebraska to make peace with her past; however, her unrelenting feelings for her longtime best friend, Mia, and her guilt surrounding her unresolved childhood, stop her from moving forward.
A recent college graduate, Erin, returns to her small hometown in central Nebraska to decide what’s next for her future. Having always felt out of place in Hanover, she is certain she wants to move to Chicago; however, her unrelenting love for her best friend Mia makes leaving impossible. Mia, a black woman living in Hanover and struggling through a difficult marriage, brings light and life everywhere she goes, despite her troubling situation. Erin and Mia find comfort in one another and provide a space for each of them to be their true selves. Alex, Erin’s older sister who runs a farm and raised Erin after their father died, is a friend and mother figure to both women. Erin is convinced she and Mia can be together in a more intimate way, but Mia is scared of what her true feelings might mean.
'O Pioneers', written in 1913, is the first novel in Cather’s Great Plains trilogy. Fortunate Country pays homage to the original story by taking three of its most beloved characters, Alexandra, Emil, and Marie, and putting them in a modern context in central Nebraska. Like Cather’s classic characters, Fortunate Country explores the struggles that come with feeling out of place, the heartbreak of star-crossed lovers, and the comfort that can come from a clear Nebraska sky.