Evolution (11/27)

The long-anticipated second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović, Evolution is an eerie, sparse companion piece to 2004’s Innocence. While Innocence took place in a forest-world filled with young girls with ribbons in their hair, this new film is devoid of them, set on an island populated only by women and young boys. What happens to the young boys when they are no longer young boys becomes the film’s immediate and most urgent question, as its quiet, oceanic world of surreal horror builds to a climax. With stunning underwater and nighttime cinematography set to a score that evokes water moving and whales’ songs, this haunting, enigmatic provocation speculates about birth—by and of la mer and la mère.

Dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2015, DCP, 81 min.

Watch the trailer!