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Opens on June 18

Director: Jaco Bouwer Run Time: 96 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Alex van Dyk, Anthony Oseyemi, Carel Nel, Monique Rockman

Country: South Africa
Language: English, Afrikaans

“A stunning assault on the senses”

– Meagan Navarro for Bloody Disgusting

About the film:

Winner of the ZEISS Cinematography Award at SXSW 2021, Gaia is an ecological horror fantasy which engages the burning issues of our time.

An injured forest ranger on a routine mission is saved by two off-the-grid survivalists. What is initially a welcome rescue grows more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a cultish devotion to the forest. When their cabin is attacked by a strange being it’s clear there is a far greater threat in this unrelenting wilderness.

About the filmmaker:

South African filmmaker Jaco Bouwer worked in theatre for many years to create productions that resist convention and easy categorisation. His complex cultural critiques have been called everything from postmodern and experimental, to avant-garde, and even subversive.

Bouwer has crafted multiple series and films made for television, and his short film This Country Is Lonely premiered at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Gaia is his first feature film.

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