Selection : International Feature Films 2018

The World is Full of Secrets

2018
United States
1h38
Fiction
Col.

An old woman's voice recalls a terrible event from her distant past: on a summer night in 1996, five teenage girls meet in a suburban house, absent of parental supervision. To pass the time, they begin to tell morbid stories of the world outside, trying to best one another in a grim competition.

This non-gory horrific tale without monsters or bloodshed is probably the most poisonous and scary US film produced in the recent years. Inspired by Southern Gothic's dark romanticism, shot with acute minimalism, this film conjures up the best contemporary horror writers (such as Brian Evanson, Thomas Ligotti or Lisa Tuttle) with its hypnotic narration, its stylised grammar, both elegant and brutal, and its existential and metaphysical terror. In a gesture that reminds Warhol, Graham Swon prints on the young girls' faces an ancestral violence inherent to the American culture, and puts the spectators in a torpor from which they will unheartedly depart. (Victor Bournérias)

Cast
Alexa Shae Niziak, Dennise Gregory, Ayla Guttman, Violet Piper, Elena Burger, Peggy Steffans-Sarno, Sarah Kohn, Mimi Sigerson, Sam Schapiro
Screenplay
Graham Swon
Photography
Barton Cortright
Sound
Nick Bohun, Matt Leibowitz
Music
Lena Raine, Rae Swon, Francois Couperin
Art direction
Emily Lippolis
Editing
Graham Swon
Production
Graham Swon, Lio Sigerson

CONTACT:
Graham Swon
graham.swon@gmail.com

Graham Swon produced the films of Matías Piñeiro or Ted Fendt. As a film distributor, he has overseen the released of Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse and Pedro Costa's Horse Money. The world is full of secrets is his first film as a writer and director.

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