Cult 101: The Love Witch (2016) 35mm
Director: Anna Biller Run Time: 121 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2016
Starring: Gian Keys, Jared Sanford, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Samantha Robinson
Country: United States
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About the film:
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.
With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, The Love Witch (2016) explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
“Anna Biller has quickly established herself as one of the most exciting filmmakers of the past decade.”
—The Austin Chronicle
About the filmmaker:
Anna Biller is an American filmmaker who creates unique, female-focused, highly visual films that explore the female gaze in cinema. Her first feature Viva (2007) played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature The Love Witch (2016) won acclaim for its elaborate visual style and feminist themes, and has screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. The film earned her the Trailblazer Award and Best Costume Design at the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards, and appeared on many 2016 best-of-year lists. Biller has a BA from UCLA in art and an MFA from CalArts in art and film.See our upcoming films