directed by Prano Bailey-Bond, United Kingdon 2021, 84’
Prano Bailey-Bond's debut opened the Midnight section of this year's Sundance Film Festival and, like Hereditary, The Witch, It Follows or The Babadook previous years, it was hailed by critics as the discovery of the year. Like Ari Aster or Robert Eggers, Prano Bailey-Bond balances fiction, reality and film genres, skilfully combining horror and psychological thriller with elements of a dark fairy tale. Fascinated by the phenomenon of video nasties, the director takes us into the peculiar world of the VHS era, where reality blends with the visions of a mind falling into madness. The author of the set design, which visually enraptured both viewers and critics, is Paulina Rzeszowska from Poland, previously nominated for a British Independent Film Award for her work on Saint Maud.