British psychological horror film Saint Maud should garner a lot of attention in early 2020, considering it was picked up by indie powerhouse A24 following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.
Written and directed by Rose Glass in her directorial debut, Saint Maud also garnered a lot of attention during its screenings at Fantastic Fest and BFI London Film Festival for its genre-bending horror which evokes classics such as The Exorcist and Carrie to newer offerings including Hereditary and The Witch.
In the film, Maud (Morfydd Clark), a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul. However sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling. The film, which stars Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle, marks the emergence of a powerful new voice in British cinema.
Danny Boyle shared the film is “a genuinely unsettling and intriguing film. Striking, affecting and mordantly funny at times, its confidence evokes the ecstasy of films like Carrie, The Exorcist, and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Her skill in successfully incorporating original elements to a genre story and finding new ways to offer audiences a thrilling cinematic journey through madness, faith and death signifies Glass as a true original.”
Saint Maud opens March 27, 2020.
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