CHAINED FOR LIFE

By Aaron SCHIMBERG

GRAND MOTEL FILMS - as PROD

Black comedy - Completed 2018

A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut.

Festivals
& Awards

Frontières Co-Production Market 2016
Official Selection
BFI London FF 2018
Dare
Mill Valley FF 2018
Official Selection
New Hampshire FF 2018
WINNER Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Film
New Orleans 2018
WINNER Jury Prize Best Narrative Film
American FF Wroclaw 2018
Competition
Ithaca Fantastik 2018
Official Selection
Thessaloniki IFF 2018
Golden Alexander Nominee
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Black comedy, Drama, Horror
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH-UNITED STATES
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Aaron SCHIMBERG
    • Producer(s)
    • Vanessa MCDONNELL (GRAND MOTEL FILMS), Dan CARBONE (FLIES COLLECTIVE), Matthew PETOCK (FLIES COLLECTIVE), Zach SHEDD (FLIES COLLECTIVE), Dan SCHOENBRUN (The Eyeslicer)
    • Synopsis
    • Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, Brooklyn filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism. In a deft tragicomic performance, Jess Weixler (Teeth) plays Mabel, a movie star “slumming it” in an outré art-horror film being shot in a semi-abandoned hospital. Cast opposite her is Rosenthal (Under the Skin’s Adam Pearson), a gentle-natured young man with a severe facial deformity. As their relationship evolves both on and off screen, Schimberg raises provocative questions about cinematic notions of beauty, representation, and exploitation. Tod Browning crossed with Robert Altman crossed with David Lynch only begins to describe something this startlingly original and deeply felt.
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