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It Lives Inside (2023)

Opens on September 22

Director: Bishal Dutta Run Time: 100 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023

Starring: Gage Marsh, Megan Suri, Mohana Krishnan, Neeru Bajwa, Vik Sahay

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

About the film:

Audience Award winner, 2023 SXSW Film Festival (Midnighters)

Sam, an Indian-American teen, lives in an idyllic suburb with her conservative mother and her assimilated father. Sam’s cultural insecurities grow due to her estranged friend, Tamira, who mysteriously carries around an empty mason jar all the time. In a moment of anger, Sam breaks Tamira’s jar and unleashes an ancient Indian demonic force that kidnaps Tamira.

Sam searches for Tamira, following the trail of a young man who performed a deadly ritual, until the demonic entity starts targeting her, murdering her boyfriend and shattering her reality with terrifying visions. Sam must band together with her parents and a sympathetic teacher to save Tamira and put an end to the terror of the demon.

“It Lives Inside introduces a bold new voice… a captivating new spin on demonic horror”

—Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

About the filmmaker:

Bishal Dutta is a director of short films, digital series, music videos and broadcast commercials making his feature debut with It Lives Inside (2023), which won an Audience Award at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival. His short films include Life in Color (2018), an official selection at the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and Inferno (2019), an Original on Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER horror platform. His films have been honored at nearly two dozen film festivals around the world, including those in Italy, Austria and France. Bishal has received six Best Director awards for his narrative and documentary work.

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