Since 2017, writer-director duo Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli have provocatively probed many a moral boundary in their award-winning short films, which often scrutinize the emotional stresses of characters who are confronted by acts of transgression. Their remarkable debut feature, “Violation”, is another étude of disturbed psychology — but this time, it’s ratched into a hypnotic horror register.
Abandoning the linear plotlines and conventional catharsis of archetypal revenge thrillers, Mancinelli and Sims-Fewer recognize that some horrors cannot be so easily exorcised or reconciled. Photographed with a nervous and haptic intimacy that methodically gives way to interludes of startling surrealism and riveting suspense, “Violation” is a thousand-yard stare into human cruelty.
Director Dusty Mancinelli will be joining the audience in a video call and answering your questions after the screening.