Arts Alliance Distribution has acquired the rights to the gothic horror The Eyes of My Mother from director Nicolas Pesce, who is making his directorial debut. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has since received overwhelming critical acclaim.
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
Take a look at the trailer below, it is remarkably unsettling and quite nightmarish in parts, but still manages to uphold a stunning visual style. Following in the footsteps of films like A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, The Eyes of My Mother has been shot in black and white and is all the more spooky and unnerving for it.
We can’t wait to catch this one. The Eyes of My Mother will play at the London Film Festival on 9th October, and will receive a limited theatrical run in the USA on 18th November, before a digital release on 2nd December.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)