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The Love Witch

Director Anna BILLER
Country USA Year 2016
Format DCP Running Time 120'
Genre Fiction Color color
Rating 15세이상관람가

STILL CUT

Code Theater Date & Time Info Rating / Subtitle
035 Megabox Sinchon 5 2017-06-03 20:40 15세이상관람가 영어대사
108 Megabox Sinchon 5 2017-06-07 19:30 15세이상관람가 영어대사

PROGRAM NOTE

Korean Premiere

SYNOPSIS
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.

PROGRAM NOTE
After being accused of killing her own husband who died in suspicious circumstances, Elaine, a beautiful young witch, moves to a small village in California and begins a new life. She is determined to find the man of her life but her spells work too well. All the men she tries to seduce end up either dying from a heart attack or committing suicide. Meanwhile, the detective Griff starts the investigation into mysterious missing-person cases. Would Griff be the man of her dreams after all? Anna BILLER’s feature directorial debut, Viva is a faithful homage to sexploitation films from the 1970s. She incorporates the elements of sexploitation films into Viva so deliberately that it does not seem like a parody at all. With her second feature film The Love Witch made about ten years after Viva came out, BILLER ambitiously goes beyond imitating the conventions of the exploitation genre. The look of BILLER’s latest film is similar to that of Viva. The Love Witch was shot in widescreen 35mm, not to mention that it recreates the optimistic glitz and glamour of cinema and fashion of the 1960s-70s and deliberately uses the acting styles and conventions of the exploitation genre. However, despite its 1960s look, this film is set in a contemporary world with highly modern props such as cellphone frequently appearing on screen. The film turns into a multifaceted text as its retro styles clash with its contemporary setting. It is fascinating to see how BILLER approaches this old-fashioned genre that was originally to cater to the male audience’s voyeuristic desire. She takes the issue about women’s sex and gender roles to a whole new level while explicitly using the codes and conventions of the exploitation genre from a feminist perspective. (Djuna)

DIRECTOR

Anna BILLER

Anna BILLER’s 35mm cult features The Love Witch and Viva and her 16mm art-film shorts have screened at major film festivals and art spaces around the world, and her work has been praised by critics and discussed in academic cinema journals. She is known for her use of classic and outdated film genres to talk about gender roles within culture, coding feminist ideas within cinematicaesthetics and visual pleasure. She creates all of her own costumes and set designs, making many or the props and paintings as well as composing and scoring for her films.She has a BA in art from UCLA, and an MFA in art and film from CalArts. She continuesto work on film because of her interest in emulating the look and feel of classic cinema,and her films are made using only traditional film processes.

CREDIT

Director Anna BILLER
Producer Anna BILLER
Cast Samantha ROBINSON, Gian KEYS, Laura WADDELL
Screenwriter Anna BILLER
Cinematography M. David MULLEN
Production Designer Anna BILLER
Sound Karl LOHNINGER
Editor Anna BILLER
Music Anna BILLER

WORLD SALES

Anna Biller Productions / 1 3239530507 / thelovewitch@gmail.com / www.lifeofastar.com