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Nicolas Pesce
USA 2018 / 81’
Luz Samui Song

Reed, a staid man with a chubby babyface and eyes like two muddy holes, checks into a hotel where he has very serious intentions: he is planning to murder a prostitute. His suitcase contains a gag from a sex shop, a rope and an ice pick-the tools to make his sweetest dreams a reality. He planned everything perfectly, but he didn't expect the girl he ordered to be even more of a nut than he is. Countless bizarre and extreme experiences await these two. Piercing is not so much a horror as it is a surreal black comedy in which the rules of horror films are distorted by an element of madness. The plot of the film is taken from a novel by Ryû Murakami, the same author whose work provided the basis for Takashi Miike's cult classic Audition.

Piotr Mirski

Nicolas Pesce

Nicolas Pesce was born in New York in in 1990. He studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He madehis debut with The Eyes of My Mother, which took home an impressive collection of awards at the Fantastic Cinema Festival. Piercing is his second full-length film. He is currently working on a reboot of The Grudge. In addition to movies, he has also made several music videos.


2016 Oczy matki / The Eyes of My Mother

2018 Piercing

Cast & Crew

director Nicolas Pesce
screenplay Nicolas Pesce
cinematography Zack Galler
editing Sofía Subercaseaux
music Randall Poster
cast Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia, Wendell Pierce
producer Antonio Campos, Josh Mond, Jacob Wasserman, Schuyler Weiss
production BorderLine Films
sales Memento
language English
colouration colour