French writer-director Lucile Hadžihalilović hasn’t made a feature film in more than a decade, but her third effort, the surreal and disturbing horror-mystery “Evolution,” is sure to make a large splash when it hits theaters on November 25.
The movie has drawn comparisons to David Cronenberg and to Jonathan Glazer’s supremely haunting 2013 film, “Under the Skin.” Here’s the synopsis: The only residents of young Nicholas’s seaside town are women and boys. When he sees a dead body in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalized?
Produced by Sylvie Pialat, Jérôme Vidal and Benoît Quainon and executive produced by Pialat, “Evolution” stars Max Brebant, Roxane Duran and Julie-Marie Parmentier. The film was a festival favorite that premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Vanguard section before playing at New York’s New Directors/New Films festival. The now defunct Alchemy was set to release the film in the U.S. before it gave up the rights to IFC Films’ IFC Midnight, which picked up the film for North American distribution in March.
Hadžihalilović has collaborated with director Gaspar Noé multiple times as an editor, and helped Noé write the script for his 2009 film “Enter the Void.” She co-wrote “Evolution” with Alanté Kavaïté.
To watch the latest trailer for “Evolution,” check out the video below.