Alchemy is making a name for itself on the international genre film scene. Ahead of the film’s Toronto Film Festival premiere, the indie distributor has scooped up Hadžihalilović’s “Evolution,” her followup to provocative 2004 debut “Innocence.”
Set for TIFF’s Vanguard slate before competing in San Sebastián, “Evolution” has an enticing synopsis:
Nicolas, a 10-year-old boy, lives with his mother in a village on a
remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital
overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a mysterious
medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him.
He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out
what she does with the other women at night, on the beach. What he
discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly
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The project was filmed in Lanzarote and Barcelona, Spain with arthouse cinematographer Manu Dacosse. Hadzihalilovic wrote the screenplay with Alanté Kavaïté and Geoff Cox. “Lucile has made a distinctive and extraordinary film that is beautiful,
unsettling, and ultimately as terrifying as anything I’ve ever seen,” Alchemy said in a statement. If that’s true, this will be one of the buzzy under-the-radar titles at TIFF.
Hadzihalilovic previously wrote her husband Gaspar Noé’ “Enter the Void” and edited his feature debut “I Stand Alone.” Noé’s Cannes premiere “Love” also plays Toronto and will be released by Alchemy November 6. Alchemy will also be opening Cannes jury winner “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language film that will have a North American premiere in Toronto.