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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 09.19.18] Canada thriller dystopic

One of the projects I'm most excited to see this autumn is writer/director Danishka Esterhazy's latest tale of horror and woe: Level 16.

One of the hallmarks of Esterhazy's work is strong female leads and it seems that she is carrying on that tradition with her latest which stars Sara Canning (who previously starred in Esterhazy's excellent Black Field) as Miss Brixil, the exacting headmistress of Vestalis Academy, a place where girls go for training before being adopted into the upper-class families of this dystopian world.

Level 16 is the final level of training but as our protagonist, Vivien (Katie Douglas) is starting to suspect, there's something far more nefarious at play here than simple adoption.

It's difficult to watch a trailer for any project where women are being oppressed without immediately thinking of "The Handmaid's Tale" but there are some interesting other layers to Esterhazy's film; notably the idea that these young women don't really know what will happen to them once they leave the academy.

The first trailer for the movie features Esterhazy's gauzy dream-like aesthetic which this time comes care of cinematographer Samy Inayeh (Extraterrestrial, Borealis, The Void).

Level 16 will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest later this week before continuing on to the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Recommended Release: Black Field

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MichaelRAllen (3 years ago) Reply

The VIFF line-up looks pretty deep this year. Hope you enjoy it, Mike A.

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