Locarno Film Festival 2022
Vancouver International Film Festival 2022
Calgary International Film Festival 2022
Chicago International Film Festival 2022
Calgary International Film Festival - Winner Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature
Chicago International Film Festival - Winner New Directors Competition - Silver Hugo Award
Thais Guisasola, Ann Oren
Simone Bucio, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Bjørn Melhus, Sebastian Rudolph
When her sibling suffers a nervous breakdown, the introverted and overwhelmed Eva (Simone Bucio, THE UNTAMED) takes over their job as a Foley artist. Commissioned with creating the soundscape for an antidepressant commercial that features horseback riding, she struggles to give a convincingly animalistic performance. The task obsesses Eva, to the extent she begins to grow a horsetail herself. Between visits to the sanatorium, she wanders the city emboldened by the newfound appendage. Soon, she meets a botanist (Sebastian Rudolph, PELICAN BLOOD) who grows captivated by her equine traits. The affair blossoms into a careful game of submission that mirrors that of the horse and its equestrian, of the obsessive harvester and the unattainable flower.
Shot on lush, otherworldly 16mm, Ann Oren’s breakout PIAFFE is a sensual, kinky, captivating journey into the mind of a woman discovering her body and the world around her. A fetishistic tale of control and artifice, concerned with subverting gender (and genre!) expectations, Oren’s film joins the great fetish objects of cinema: a work at times dizzyingly erotic in terms of plot, but also as a marvel to be looked per se. A delight for the senses, here is a film one is invited to look at — a retro-inflected hall of mirrors composed in deep, lipstick colours, tactile textures, marvelous set and hypnotizing sound design carefully yanked out of time and space. An invitation to look and hear, recalling David Cronenberg as much as Catherine Breillat, Ulrike Ottinger as much as Peter Strickland, it is one of the hidden gems of the last festival season. – Ariel Esteban Cayer
Amanda Nell Eu
The first of her friends to hit puberty, 12-year-old Zaffan must embrace the monster within. A delightful Malay-Muslim addition to the canon of feminist body horror!
In this bittersweet story of unrequited love, Young-mi is released from jail after helping her secret flame embezzle money from their employer, and is confronted by his belligerent wife on the way out.
A year after graduating, five inseparable girls who had begun drifting apart are brought back together by a stray cat, in Jeong Jae-eun’s classic coming-of-age debut.