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Talia Ryder stars as Skylar in Never Rarely Sometimes Never, a Focus Features release. Photo Credit: Focus Features.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, the new film from Beach Rats director Eliza Hittman, released its final trailer today — and it promises an emotionally wrenching story about a road trip by two teenage girls, one of whom is in search of an abortion.

In the film, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) travel from rural Pennsylvania across state lines to New York City. Never Rarely Sometimes Always is written and directed by Hittman, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, and Sharon Van Etten also star.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always arrived at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Neorealism. It also won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale Competition.

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Be sure to check out the latest MovieMaker Magazine for a conversation between Hittman and First Cow director Kelly Reichardt,  in which they discuss screenwriting for scale, producing partners, and why the drive to a shoot is an important part of moviemaking. 

Hittman says in the piece that she always drives to set with her director of photography.

“That car ride to and from stuff is very important,” she notes. “I’ve worked with the same editor and the same DP a few times now. So for me, I’m used to having that dialogue and I always ride to and from set with my DP and that’s important because that’s our time to prep and to reflect.”

She also talks about working with lesser-known actors: “From my point of view, I haven’t really made a movie with known actors yet, so I don’t know what the budget for a film like that really looks like. So I always have a sense of what the film or the script will be appraised at because I’m always looking to make discoveries through casting,” Hittman says.

The Car Ride Is Very Important appears in MovieMaker issue #134, on newsstands now, with Margot Robbie and the LuckyChap Entertainment team on the cover. We’ll also post it soon on

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, directed by Eliza Hittman, goes into limited release Friday, March 13 and wide release on April 3, from Focus Features.