Stanleyville (2022)

Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos Run Time: 88 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Cara Ricketts, Christian Serritiello, Julian Richings, Susanne Wuest

Country: Canada
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival. Office drone Maria Barbizan leads what looks like a meaningless life. She’s lonely, and she doesn’t really exist, at her job or within her family. One day, she does everything we’ve all dreamed of – she throws her purse and old life in the trash, and joins an enigmatic contest to win a car.

Locked in a room with four strangers, each more eccentric than the next, she must go through a series of challenges – a “competition to probe the very essence of mind-body articulation”, lead by Homunculus, an intriguing and curious host.

“It exposes, with building savagery and a frequent sense of humor, the transcendent status of consumerist culture”

—Michael Nordine for Variety

About the filmmaker:

Stanleyville (2022) marks the feature film debut of Canadian actor-turned-director Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, who has appeared in a slew of movies and TV series, including Antibirth (2016), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and The Incredible Hulk (2008). McCabe-Lokos’ first feature screenplay, The Husband (2013), which he starred in, premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. His directorial debut, the 2016 short film Ape Sodom, and his 2017 short film Midnight Confession were also both selected for Toronto International Film Festival.

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