SIFF Movie Club: Evolution - Virtual Q&A

Director Lucile Hadžihalilović will join this edition of SIFF Movie Club for a virtual Q&A about her dark, feminist fairytale Evolution.


May 6, 2020

Surreal and chilling, the latest from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) unfolds on a remote island where the children are subjected to strange medical tests, while each night their guardian "mothers" congregate on the beach for a strange ritual.

After viewing the film on your own, join us for a Zoom-based Q&A discussion of the film with SIFF's Cinema Programs Manager Nick Bruno and director Lucile Hadžihalilović, beginning at 9:00pm PST.

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To best replicate the in-person SIFF Movie Club experience, we suggest starting the film (81 min.) around 7:30pm PST before joining the Zoom discussion at 9:00pm PST.


About the Film

Make sure you watch the film before the discussion, which will take place on Wednesday, May 6 at 9:00pm PST over Zoom. Evolution is available digitally to rent or purchase on a variety of platforms, including IFC Films Unlimited. For more options, see here.

Evolution | dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović | France | 2015 | 81 min.
After diving below the waves surrounding his coastal village, a young boy claims to have seen the body of another child trapped in the coral reef. The discovery is made all the more cryptic due to what appears to be a starfish blooming from the belly button of the corpse. Eleven years after her last feature (Innocence), Hadzihalilovic (who co-authored Enter the Void with Gaspar Noé) returns with a dark, feminist fairytale peppered with stylistic nods to David Lynch and the body horror of David Cronenberg.  In French with English subtitles.

"Spooky, tantalizing, and beautifully shot and designed, Evolution creates a cinematic world that's utterly sui generis. It's an impeccable, creepy, and genuinely transporting movie."—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

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