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Vivarium

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in this twisted fable about the horrors of suburban living.

Dir Lorcan Finnegan
Prod Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell
Scr Garret Shanley
With Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg
Ireland-Belgium-Denmark
2019
98min
UK Distribution Vertigo Releasing

Young professionals Gemma and Tom are looking to buy a home together. When their local estate agent informs them of a new housing development, the enigmatically named Yonder, they ignore their initial reservations and decide to check it out. But this cautious couple should have listened to their instincts, quickly finding themselves unable to escape the seemingly endless maze of picture-perfect streets. As the weeks pass, they are forced to accept they are trapped inside this manufactured utopia. Then, one day, a baby boy is mysteriously delivered to their doorstep. Invoking both the mind-bending weirdness of a classic Twilight Zone episode and the playful contemporary satire of Black Mirror, Lorcan Finnegan’s nightmarish jaunt up the property ladder is as thrillingly provocative as it is wickedly enjoyable. Sold!

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Lorcan Finnegan, director; Brendan McCarth, producer; Imogen Poots, cast; Jonathan Aris, cast.

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