Stranger With My Face fest announces premieres and other films


A fascinating array of features has been revealed in the lineup for the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which takes place Down Under next month.

Running April 14-17 in Hobart, Tasmania, Stranger With My Face showcases diverse perspectives in genre filmmaking, primarily movies directed by women. This year’s edition includes the Australian premiere of Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s body-horror opus EVOLUTION, for which the filmmaker will take part in a post-screening Skype Q&A, and the international premiere of MIDNIGHT SHOW, helmed by Ginanti Rona Tembang Asri, who was an assistant director and 2nd-unit director on the likes of THE RAID, THE RAID 2 and KILLERS and will attend the fest. “These two films sum up what Stranger With My Face is about,” says festival director Briony Kidd. “EVOLUTION is a poetic and provocative meditation on themes around motherhood and the body. It comes to us from a highly regarded art house filmmaker at the top of her game. MIDNIGHT SHOW, meanwhile, is a hardcore horror film made by a first-time director who’s having a big impact at the Indonesian box office. They represent filmmakers at different stages and with very different approaches, and yet both are working within a genre framework to explore humanity’s deepest fears.”

Also on the slate are the Australian premieres of Bernard Rose’s FRANKENSTEIN, Anna Biller’s retro chiller THE LOVE WITCH (pictured above) and Yolanda Torres’ crime/horror film THE FORSAKEN, Karyn Kusama’s knockout THE INVITATION, Aussie filmmaker Megan Riakos’ feature debut CRUSHED and Rosemary Myers’ dark coming-of-age story GIRL ASLEEP. There will also be screenings of numerous international shorts, a symposium on FRANKENSTEIN author Mary Shelley and numerous other panels and workshops. For more details, check out Stranger With My Face’s official website.

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