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INTERVIEW: Charlotte Colbert and Alice Krige on Trauma’s Effect on Perspectives and Reality in Gothic Fairy Tale “SHE WILL”

IFC Midnight has announced the official theatrical and On Demand release date for artist and filmmaker Charlotte Colbert‘s BIFA-nominated psychological horror, She Will.

Executive produced by horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria), Colbert’s inventive and provocative directorial debut took home the Golden Leopard for Best First Film at Locarno Film Festival and also created quite the buzz on the international festival circuit, screening at notable festivals such as the London Film Festival, Sitges, Fantastic Fest and Thessaloniki.

Exuding timeliness with an evocative feminist critique, She Will is a gothic fairy tale revolving around Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige) who, after undergoing a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi (Kota Eberhardt). Here she starts to realize that the process of this surgery stirs up anxieties and questions about her own existence, prompting her to start questioning and confronting past traumas. The two form an unlikely bond as mysterious forces give Veronica the power to fulfill her revenge in her dreams.

The film’s cast is rounded out with Rupert Everett and Malcolm McDowell and the soundtrack is scored by PWEI frontman-turned-film composer extraordinaire Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, “Peacemaker”).

As SHE WILL releases in select theaters and On Demand this Friday, July 15, 2022, CinemaChords’ Howard Gorman sat down with Charlotte Colbert and Alice Krige who revealed the genesis behind crafting a story of a woman who expunges her trauma through dreams and how the film is testament to the fact that trauma can blur our experience of reality and time and how meaning and perspective and reality and time are all such fragile constructs that can break at any time.

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