Join Music Box Films & NYWIFT for a screening of Medusa on July 28th, 2022 at Angelika Film Center
Mari and her friends broadcast their spiritual devotion through pastel pinks and catchy evangelical songs about purity and perfection, but underneath it all, they harbor a deep rage. By day they hide behind their manicured facade, and by night they form a masked, vigilante girl gang, prowling the streets in search of sinners who have deviated from the rightful path. After an attack goes wrong, leaving Mari scarred and unemployed, her views of community, religion, and her peers begin to shift. Nightmares of repressed desires and haunting visions of alluring temptation become undeniable and the urge to scream and release her paralyzing inner demons is more powerful than ever before. A neon-tinged genre-bender that gives provocative form to the overwhelming feminine fury coursing through modern life, MEDUSA dares us not to look away.
Date: July 28th, 2022
Followed by a Q&A with director, Anita ROCHA DA SILVEIRA. Moderated by journalist, Jourdain Searles.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anita ROCHA DA SILVEIRA has written, directed and edited three short films: The Noon Vampire (2008), Handball (2010), winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen), and The Living Dead (2012), Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Her first feature, Kill Me Please (2015), was screened in the Orizzonti section at Venice International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and SXSW, among others. Medusa (2021) is her second feature film.
Jourdain Searles is a critic, writer, comedian and podcaster with Southern roots and a deep love for cinema. Her writing focuses on gender, race and eroticism. She has written for The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture and GQ, among many other publications.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.