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After Blue (2022)

Opens on June 10

Director: Bertrand Mandico Run Time: 130 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Agata Buzek, Elina Löwensohn, Michaël Erpelding, Paula Luna, Vimala Pons

Country: France
Language: French, English, Polish

About the film:

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival and an Official Selection of the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. In a faraway future, on a wild and untamed female-inhabited planet, a lonely teenager named Roxy unknowingly releases a mystical, dangerous, and sensual assassin from her prison. Banished from their community and haunted by dead friends, Roxy and her mother Zora set out on a long and strange journey to hunt down the murderer named Kate Bush.

“One part “Annihilation” and one part “The Love Witch,” and cast under the veneer of a sadistic “The NeverEnding Story,” the film creates a lush — sometimes grotesque — alternate universe.” 

—Jude Dry for IndieWire

About the filmmaker: 

Writer and director Bertrand Mandico began his career in animation before crafting short films and music videos. With a flair for dark humor, he developed a singular writing and dreamlike style, an innovative alliance of form and storytelling. His projects are shot exclusively on film with no post-production images, including his debut feature The Wild Boys (2017) which featured female actors portraying the male protagonists. The film premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival and was ranked first in Cahiers du Cinéma’s 2018 list of Top Ten films.
Sensual and ethereal, After Blue (2022) is Mandico’s second feature film.
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