The Eyes of My Mother

USA | 2016 | 77 minutes | Nicolas Pesce

When a grinning lunatic attacks a Portuguese-American family living in a secluded farmhouse, it awakens dark desires in a young girl who begins to act on her psychotic impulses in this gorgeous, Lynchian horror fable shot in sinister black and white.

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Francisca learns about death at a young age, when her surgeon mother teaches her to dissect a cow's eyeball on the kitchen table, and again when a terrifying stranger invades their farmhouse and commits a vicious act of violence. As she enters adulthood in the isolated countryside, Francisca's deeply rooted trauma begins blooming with an uneasy, psychotic beauty, and her behavior becomes increasingly upsetting and grotesque. Filmed in expressionistic black and white, the feature-film debut of music-video director Nicolas Pesce dives into the dark, cavernous pit of human suffering and seclusion. Actress/dancer Kika Magalhães portrays Francisca with a quiet grace, keeping her somehow perversely sympathetic while never letting us forget how psychologically disturbed she really is. As the film unfolds in three haunting chapters—"Mother," "Father," and "Family"—we watch helplessly as Francisca matures into an unstable sociopath. The Eyes of My Mother is a poetic rumination on psychosis, existing in a depraved, shadowy Lynchian world, sure to creep up on you and invade your dreams.

Director Biography
Nicolas Pesce has directed over 30 music videos for various artists, including Snoop Dogg, the Black Keys, and Afrika Bambaataa. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and has developed an animated series starring Malcolm McDowell, J.K. Simmons, and Colin Quinn.

Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Nicolas Pesce
  • Principal Cast: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Paul Nazak, Flora Diaz, Clara Wong, Diana Agostini
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 77 minutes
  • Producer: Max Born, Jacob Wasserman, Schuyler Weiss
  • Screenplay: Nicolas Pesce
  • Cinematographers: Zach Kuperstein
  • Editors: Nicolas Pesce, Connor Sullivan
  • Music: Ariel Loh
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
  • International Sales: UTA