About the Movie
Based on the internationally-acclaimed stage play of the same name written by Colette Freedman, “Sister Cities” will make its television world premiere Saturday, September 17 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. “Sister Cities” features an all-star cast headlined by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Stana Katic (“Castle”), Jess Weixler (“The Good Wife”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Gossip Girl”) and Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), and tells the story of four estranged sisters who reunite to mourn after their mother’s passing, only to discover a secret that could tear them apart. The movie also stars Amy Smart (“Justified”), Tom Everett Scott (“Scream: The TV Series”), Emmy nominee Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart”) and Kaia Gerber in her acting debut.
Mary Baxter (Weaver and Smart, at different ages) led an enviable life, traveling the world as a young dancer.She was blessed with four daughters from four different fathers, each as unique as the cities they are named after: Carolina (Katic), Austin (Weixler), Dallas (Trachtenberg) and Baltimore (Bellisario). After Mary’s death, her daughters reunite in their New England family home to mourn.As the local police investigate the circumstances of Mary’s death, old animosities among the sisters resurface, and a dark secret threatens to tear the family apart. Faced with a horrifying truth, the estranged sisters must choose to either turn their back on the only family they have known, or risk everything to protect one another.
On the heels of a successful sold-out premiere at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, Lifetime acquired the worldwide broadcast rights for Sister Cities. From the team behind Return to Zero, the independently produced film by Cannonball Productions, is directed by Sean Hanish, produced by Sean Hanish, Paul Jaconi-Biery, and Eleonore Dailly, and executive produced by Kelly Kahl and Alfred Molina. Colette Freedman wrote the script based upon her play.