Goodnight Mommy directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala take us to a remote cabin in the woods for their spine-chilling sophomore feature.
Dir Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
Prod Simon Oakes, Aliza James, Aaron Ryder
Scr Sergio Casci, Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
With Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Richard Armitage
Sales FilmNation Entertainment
After the sudden death of their beloved mother, heartbroken siblings Aidan and Mia struggle to embrace their father’s new fiancée – the reserved, somewhat mysterious Grace. Forced to spend the holidays together at their isolated family lodge, the kids begrudgingly find themselves alone with their new mother figure when their dad heads back to work for a few days. As the weather outside worsens, tensions inside the cabin show little signs of thawing. Meanwhile, dark secrets from Grace’s traumatic past slowly begin to surface. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and featuring a mesmerising performance from Riley Keough as a woman haunted by the ghosts of her past, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s claustrophobic shocker wields the power to unsettle right from its opening moments.
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