Alchemy scooped up Hadžihalilović’s “Evolution,” her followup to
provocative 2004 debut “Innocence,” this summer before Toronto, where it premieres. Earlier this week, a pre-festival screening was set up in LA, but DCP problems led to its cancellation, so we’ll see it this weekend.
Set for TIFF’s Vanguard slate before competing in San Sebastián, “Evolution” has an enticing synopsis, and trailer below:
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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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.