Hatching

Hatching (Pahanhautoja) (2022)

Menarche is the transitional rite of passage in a young woman’s life when she first starts to ovulate and to bleed. An egg, and a lot of blood, will also play prominent parts in Hanna Bergholm’s feature debut Hatching (Pahanhautoja), as Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) emerges from childhood into adolescence and from innocence into experience, along…

Hellbender

Hellbender (2021) at Fantasia

Hellbender has its world première at Fantasia 2021   Written and directed by John Adams, Zelda Adams and Toby Poser (the aptly named ‘Adams family’), Hellbender begins with overt overkill. Caught squatting around a grisly pile of body parts, a woman (Judy Rosen) with a grotesquely sewn-up mouth is hanged in the woods by a…

Mater

Mater (aka Matriarch) (2019)

Mater first published by EyeforFilm at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 “I’m not leaving this house. Never.” The speaker is Anka (Neva Rosic), a crafty, cancerous, cantankerous old widow who maybe knows, maybe does not, that her adult daughter Jasna (Daria Lorenci) has come all the way from her own home in Berlin to…