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Amy Ryan is determined to seek justice for her missing daughter in Netflix’s latest true-crime project. The trailer for the upcoming feature film “Lost Girls” was released Thursday, and Ryan makes it clear that she demands answers ... and fast.
“Lost Girls” explores the unsolved murders of “Craigslist prostitutes” along South Oyster Bay that police attribute to the elusive Long Island Serial Killer. Based on Robert Kolker’s investigative novel, “Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery,” the film focuses on Ryan’s character Mari Gilbert, a mom driven to find her missing daughter, Shannan, and who must battle to overcome what she believes is police inaction in the case.
“No one’s talking about our girls. And when they do, it’s ‘prostitute,’ ‘hooker,’ never ‘mother,’ ‘daughter,’ and it’s our job to make sure these girls are not forgotten,” Ryan’s Gilbert says in the trailer. “I have been dismissed and ignored, but one thing I won’t be is silenced.”
Ultimately, Gilbert’s unrelenting prodding of police for answers in her daughter’s 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains at Gilgo Beach, many believed to be sex workers. Theories abound as to whether the murders were the work of one killer or several and the slayings have yet to be solved. About a year after to gruesome discovery, Shannan Gilbert’s body was found, though the circumstances surrounding her death are also unclear: her family believes she was murdered, though authorities haven’t yet determined if she was the victim of foul play.
Unfortunately, tragedy continued to follow the Gilbert family. In 2016, Mari Gilbert was stabbed to death by her other daughter, Sarra, in the summer of 2016.
Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus directs the true-crime drama, set for a Jan. 28 premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival before arriving on Netflix. The film’s ensemble cast features Thomasin McKenzie of “Jojo Rabbit,” Gabriel Byrne, Oona Laurence and Lola Kirke.
After the Sundance premiere, Netflix will release “Lost Girls” in select theaters and on the streaming platform on March 13.
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