After a divisive, but critically-acclaimed showing at Sundance, Nicolas Pesce’s debut film THE EYES OF MY MOTHER has been picked up by Arts Alliance Distribution in the U.K. This will be the first film to be released under the new Future Classics label. According to Variety, Future Classics, a “sub-brand” under Park Circus, will handle independent releases. The film is being distributed by Magnolia Releasing in the U.S.

On bringing THE EYES OF MY MOTHER to the U.K., Arts Alliance CEO Nick Varley told Variety:

“The Eyes of My Mother’ is visually stunning, and we decided to pick it up.,” says Varley, “We are not in the business of acquiring lots of first-run independent films. We’ll use [the Future Classics label] two to three times a year to put out some new films from new filmmakers that we feel are marketable to an audience. We want to present them as the next generation of classics.”

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THE EYES OF MY MOTHER was produced by Borderline Films and stars Kika Magalhaes, Diana Agostini, Flora Diaz, and a cast of fellow newcomers. The film’s Facebook page offers the synopsis:

“In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.”

The showing at this year’s Sundance brought out strong reactions, to say the least, varying between inspired awe and absolute disgust, with little room in the middle. Both sides of the aisle couldn’t help but commenting on its visual beauty, but recoiled at the dark and uncomfortable feelings it gave audiences. I can say that I felt a strange emptiness in my soul and a haunting sense of dread come over me, and that was just from watching the trailer!  Check it out below and see for yourself.

THE EYES OF MY MOTHER releases in theaters and VOD platforms on December 2, 2016. Ahead of this, the film can be caught at upcoming festivals such as the BFI London Film Festival and Molins de Rei Horror Film Fest.

Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Freddy. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net

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