There’s something off about the vintage department store in which single mother Sheila finds herself looking for a fancy new dress. The store’s employees are nearly robotic in their stone-faced dedication to sales, the mannequins seem to be whispering to one another, women nearly trample each other to enter as its doors, and its television commercials are hypnotically sinister. Nevertheless, Sheila buys a lavish red dress. Little does she know, her life will soon be overcome by a series of random misfortunes, supernatural phenomena, and living nightmares. And, it seems, the dress is to blame.
Having already proven his singular merits with the giallo-minded brain-scrambler BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO and the gorgeously erotic DUKE OF BURGUNDY, British filmmaker Peter Strickland ups the ante with IN FABRIC, his most awe-inspiring film to date. Combining the aesthetics and influences of his two previous films into a barrage of visually dazzling surrealism, IN FABRIC is an inventive, unsettling and mesmerizing ghost story about the doomed pursuit of happiness. Cynicism has rarely been this stunning. —Matt Barone
Peter Strickland was born in 1973 in Reading, Berkshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Katalin Varga (2009), Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (2014). Peter also directed The Cobblers’ Lot segment of Field Guide To Evil which you can also see at our festival on October 16.
Director: Peter Strickland Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste Hayley Squires Leo Bill Julian Barrett Steve Oram Gwendoline Christie Producer: Andy Starke Screenwriter: Peter Strickland Year: 2018 Runtime: 118 Country: UK Language: English Section: General