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Birth/Rebirth (2023)

Opens on August 18

Director: Laura Moss Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: A.J. Lister, Breeda Wool, Judy Reyes, Marin Ireland

Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles

About the film:

Official Selection, 2023 Sundance Film Festival

Rose is a pathologist who prefers working with corpses over social interaction. She also has an obsession — the reanimation of the dead. Celie is a maternity nurse who has built her life around her bouncy, chatterbox 6-year-old daughter, Lila. One unfortunate day, their worlds crash into each other. The two women and young girl embark on a dark path of no return where they will be forced to confront how far they are willing to go to protect what they hold most dear.

“superbly performed… a gory maternity morality play, reanimating the truism that there’s little more (un)deadly than a mother’s love”

—Jessica Kiang, Variety

The film went on to receive three nominations for the 2024 Independent Spirit Awards – Best Screenplay, Best Lead Performance (Judy Reyes), and the Someone to Watch Award for writer-director Laura Moss.

About the filmmaker:

Laura Moss is an American film director, writer, and production designer who premiered their feature directorial debut Birth/Rebirth (2023) in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. After 9/11, Moss became an EMT, moved to Palestine, and worked for the Red Crescent in the West Bank. After returning to the United States, they enrolled in NYU’s Graduate Film Program. Their thesis film Fry Day (2017) premiered at SXSW and they were named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2017. They were a 2020 Sundance Screenwriters/Directors Labs fellow, and their work has screened at Tribeca, Rotterdam, and SXSW, among other festivals. Among other projects, they also directed the sci-fi comedy pilot “eureka!” (2022), which won Best Director, Comedy Pilot at Seriesfest.

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