Sheila places a personal ad that reads, "A happy, attractive woman in her fifties looking for a sensitive, responsible man for long walks and perhaps something more." She is looking for the right outfit in order to make a good impression on her date. She finds what she's looking for in an exclusive, somewhat old-fashioned—or perhaps just suspended in the past—fashion house: an extraordinary red dress, the only one in the store. It soon becomes clear that the main character in the story is not Sheila but rather the dress—cursed and demonic, no one has the power to resist it, as it takes control over the life of anyone who owns it. Peter Strickland presents a mystery whose power lies in the fact that it must remain unsolved. It is meant to seduce audiences, to lead them beyond the limits of the rational and the ordinary. In this extraordinarily elegant film, sensuality, amazement and subtle humor intertwine, and the texture of the intense, saturated images has a hypnotic power.
Austin Fantastic Fest 2018 – Best Director; Mar del Plata FF 2018 – Best Film; Les Arcs European FF 2018 – Best Cinematography
Born in Reading, England, in 1973, Peter Strickland is a director, screenwriter and producer. He also spent many years living in Eastern Europe. He made his debut with Katalin Varga, an incredible film shot in landscape of Romania. He cemented his position as one of Britain’s most interesting directors with the bold and refined The Duke of Burgundy.
1996 Bubblegum (short)
2009 Katalin Varga
2012 Berberian Sound Studio
2014 Björk: Biophilia Live (doc.)
2014 Duke of Burgundy: Reguły pożądania
2014 The Film That Buys the Cinema (doc.)
2018 In Fabric