After Blue (2022)

Opens in June

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:

In a distant future, on a savage planet, the lonely teenager Roxy frees a criminal buried in the sand. Once freed, the woman starts spreading fear and death again. Roxy and her mother Zora are deemed responsible, exiled from their community and sentenced to track down the killer. Thus, they begin roaming the fantastical and spectral territories of their dirty paradise.

“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: 

Bertrand Mandico is a French experimental film director of short films, medium-length films, experimental essays, and two feature films. Mandico has directed 40 short films, TV-commercials and musical films but his first feature film was The Wild Boys (2017). His films are often interested in the body and gender fluidity and incorporate photos and written elements. He prefers to create the audio for his films in post-production. Actors post-synchronize themselves, and the environmental sounds and music are layered on. However, he always shoots his images on color film, with no post-production images. Background projection and superimposition are done during the shoot.

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