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Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa


2019, Emily Harris, UK, 96 min.
With Hannah Rae, Devrim Lingnau, Tobias Menzies


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"Expressive, atmospheric...hazy, ethereal, and almost hyper-real."--Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

"Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other'...Lingnau and Rae create plenty of heat in their scenes together."--Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

15-year-old Lara (Rae) lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation, and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla (Lingnau). Based on the 1872 gothic novella of the same name, the quintessential "lesbian vampire" story has been adapted previously as Roger Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES and the Hammer classic THE VAMPIRE LOVERS. In this new interpretation, director Emily Harris strips back "the supernatural tropes of Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel in order to dive deeper into the motivations and behaviors that turn love and openness into hate and destruction." (Description courtesy of Film Movement)

Click here to watch a Facebook Live Q&A with CARMILLA director Emily Harris, moderated by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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