Watch Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn Face Off in the First Trailer for ‘Una’

The tense two-hander was one of the highlights of last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Una was one of the most powerful films your correspondent took in at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival – yet it’s taken over a year to make its way to a theater anywhere near you. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise; the subject matter is, to put it mildly, a tough sell. Adapted by David Harrower from his play Blackbird, it concerns a young woman (Rooney Mara) who tracks down the older man (Ben Mendelsohn) who sexually abused her years before. He’s now started over, with a new name, a new wife, and a new life; she reappears, wanting answers and… well, that’s what the movie’s about.

Director Benedict Andrews takes this charged, mostly two-person dialogue (though Riz Ahmed turns up in a brief supporting role) and transforms it into a tense, tough, and surprisingly cinematic experience. Una is finally getting a theatrical release this fall, from Swen Releasing (a Latin American distributor making their way into the States; this is their third U.S. theatrical release), and here’s your first trailer:

Una opens in New York on October 6, followed by Los Angeles on October 13 and a national rollout this fall.