Ahead of the UK premiere of Nicolas Pesce’s critically acclaimed American gothic horror The Eyes of My Mother at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, Arts Alliance Distribution has announced acquiring the film rights.
In a similar vein to films like True Love Ways and A Girl Walks Home alone at Night, Pesce fuses textbook horror elements with gothic black-and-white imagery to create this hauntingly beautiful and shockingly original debut.
Starring Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Clara Wong, Flora Diaz and Joey Curtis-Green, the film relates the tale of Francisca (Magalhaes) who’s seemingly been unfazed by death and all its friends since a tender young age given the fact her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, imbued her with a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. When her family’s peaceful life in the countryside is shattered by a sudden tragedy, her deep trauma begins to awakens some unique curiosities. As she grows up, her desire to connect with the world around her takes a distinctly dark and sinister form.
As we mentioned, The Eyes of My Mother will screen at this year’s 60th BFI London Film Festival (9 and 10 October, with the Director in attendance) before going on to release in UK cinemas early next year through Park Circus under their Future Classics label.
The film was also recently announced as part of the Official Selection at this year’s Molins de Rei Horror Film Fest.
In the meanwhile, we’ll leave you with a trailer for the film below: