11/18/2020 10:15 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

United States 2019 96 min English original version

by Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Script: Carlo Mirabella-Davis, DoP: Katelin Arizmendi, Editor: Joe Murphy, Production: A Stand Alone, Syncopated Films, Producers: Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, Frederic Fiore, Cast: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Denis O’Hare

Hunter is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession. SWALLOW plays like a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women, women’s control over their own bodies, and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture. Anchored by Bennett’s knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Half of the crew were women and two-thirds of the cast are women, including the protagonist, Hunter.

“You should watch SWALLOW – even if you only peek careful through your fingers when the fantasic Haley Bennett swallows a very long and sharp nail.” (www.filmstarts.de)

Born and raised in New York City, Carlo Mirabella-Davis bought his first Super-8 camera at the age of 14 and spent his youth shooting underground film. He’s always been drawn to the mystique of psychological thrillers, subversive horror and dark comedies. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Sundance Directors Lab and holds a MFA and a BFA in film production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also teached filmmaking in middle and high school. His passion for storytelling brought him to the Dungeons and Dragons community, where he has written and run numerous campaigns. SWALLOW, inspired by the life of his grandmother, is his first feature film.

Awards (selection): Award for Best Actress to Haley Bennett (Tribeca Film Festival, New York/USA 2019), Award for Best Director and Best Screenplay to Carlo Marbella-Davis (Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal/Canada 2019), American Independet Award for Best Feature Film (Denver International Film Festival, USA 2019)

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