GRIMMFEST 2021

FACELESS & WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR

Expired October 16, 2021 10:30 PM
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I want to go to the World’s Fair. I want to go to the World’s Fair. I want to go to the World’s Fair.” Say it three times into your computer camera. Prick your finger, draw some blood and smear it on the screen. Now press play on the video. They say that once you’ve seen it, the changes begin... In a small town, a shy and isolated teenage girl becomes immersed in an online role-playing game.


Grimmfest says: An unsettling addition to the current crop of cinema-redefining desktop movies, this spins an (apparently genuine) urban myth of online possession into a harrowing study of teenage alienation, mental instability, and the risks of online interaction, in which it becomes increasingly uncertain what is real, what is imagined, and what is mere performative catfishing by the film's ever more unstable seeming protagonist, as she reels in a possible online predator. Anchored by an astonishing performance from Anna Cobb in her first film role, the film has a raw improvisational energy and willingness to experiment with form and narrative which harks back to such early experiments with found footage and desktop storytelling as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE COLLINGSWOOD STORY, and has an appealingly old school lo-fi 90s emo-slacker vibe, right down to the evocative soundtrack, which calls to mind the likes of Sebadoh and Liz Phair. And like the all the best films of its kind, it will make you afraid to leave your computer unattended, and the desktop camera uncovered.

 

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    UK premiere
  • Rating
    15
  • Director
    Jane Schoenbrun
  • Screenwriter
    Jane Schoenbrun
  • Producer
    Sarah Winshall, Carlos Zozaya
  • Cast
    Anna Cobb, Holly Anne Frink, Michael J Rogers
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel Patrick Carbone
  • Editor
    Jane Schoenbrun