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Ari Aster confesses to feeling a huge weight of responsibility to deliver something amazing with ‘BEAU IS AFRAID’

A24 has today dropped an exclusive behind the scenes feature in anticipation of for Ari Aster’s (Hereditary, Midsommar) hugely-anticipated return with the surrealist shocker Beau is Afraid.

Written and directed by Aster, and starring Academy Award Winner Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, Her, Gladiator), Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Lion King), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead), Parker Posey (Scream 3, Blade: Trinity), and Patti LuPone (Witness, Heist), Aster’s epic new odyssey which has been described as a “decades-spanning surrealist horror film set in an alternate present” sees Pheonix play a man who never knew his father and shares a fraught relationship with his overbearing mother. When his mother dies, he makes a journey home that involves some wild supernatural threats.

Pitching the film ahead of its release, Aster said, “”If you pumped a 10-year-old full of Zoloft and had him get your groceries, that’s like this movie. I wanted to make a film where it feels like you’ve been through a life or even through a person.”

Beau is Afraid releases in theaters everywhere this April 21, 2023, and in the meantime, we’ll leave you with the director himself to tout one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of the year.

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