Carlo Mirabella-Davis USA / 2019 / 94 minutes
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Mynette Louie
Hunter is a songbird in a gilded cage. Her capitalist husband provides the finest that money can buy. There is even a baby on the way. But Hunter’s personal freedom is at odds with the many suffocating rules of her upper class life. In response, Hunter begins to swallow everyday household items and inedible objects — a medical condition known as pica. When her secret is discovered, Hunter becomes pitted against her husband and in-laws in a struggle over her sanity and very survival.
Writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis has created a harrowing tale of modern life, keenly and compassionately observed. Shot chiefly in the Hudson Valley and boasting an extraordinary and award-winning performance by lead actress Haley Bennett, Swallow showcases the expansive beauty of local vistas and the totems of elegant living, but cinematographer Katelin Arizmendi imbues each frame with a palpable sense of dread. Swallow is both unsettling and revelatory. — Jay Blotcher
BIO: Carlo Mirabella-Davis, born and raised in NYC, got his M.F.A. and B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch film program. His short, Knife Point, was filmed in the Hudson Valley and screened at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival. His feature documentary, The Swell Season, premiered at Tribeca. He’ an alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Swallow is inspired by his grandmother, Edith.
Cast/Featuring: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Denis O'Hare
Executive Producer(s): Haley Bennett, Joe Wright, Constantin Briest, Yohann Comte, Pierre Mazars, Eric Tavitian, and Sam Bisbee
Producer(s): Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie, Carole Baraton, and Frédéric Fiore
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