This smart, chilling debut merging gothic horror with social issues picked up the Grand Jury Prize at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival.
Dir. Paris Zarcilla / United Kingdom / 2023 / English, Tagalog with English subtitles
Joy (Max Eigenmann), an undocumented Filipina cleaner moving from house to house in London with her impetuous daughter Grace in tow, is saving up her meagre cash payments to get a visa and a more stable home for them both. Stuck in a roundabout of precarious employment, deportation fears and casual, constant put-downs by her employers, Joy cannot afford to stand still. A dreamy gig looking after a mansion and its bed-bound owner (David Hayman) turns out to be too-good-to-be-true when Joy starts suspecting the owner is being slowly poisoned... Writer-director Paris Zarcilla’s debut film (presented as a work in progress at EIFF 2022) elegantly balances gothic horror and social drama, producing an unholy child of a film that provokes as much as it spooks.
Anna Bogutskaya, Film and Talks Programmer
Paris Zarcilla will be at the festival to present their film, alongside star David Hayman.
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Writer-director: Paris Zarcilla
Paris Zarcilla is a writer/director of film and television with aims to create meaningful, profound, genre-bending stories. His debut film, Raging Grace is the winner of the Narrative Feature Jury Award and Thunderbird Rising Award for Best Debut at SXSW 2023. He was a part of the 2019-2022 BAFTA x Network Crew and was selected for the Network @ LFF 2019 Cohort and BFI Flare x BAFTA 2021 Mentor Program. In June 2019 he was shadow director on season one for BBC Studios, His Dark Materials.
Paris has written and directed a TV drama called The Century Egg for Singapore's StarHub channel under digital Emmy-nominated production company Refinery Media and was released across Asia in March 2020. In 2022 Paris was a 2nd Unit Director on Sally Wainwright’s The Ballad of Renegade Nell for Disney+. He is now working on his next feature film, Domestic.
Producer: Chi Thai
Cast: Max Eigenmann, Jaeden Boadilla, Leanne Best, David Hayman
Sales Agent: Blue Finch
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