Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

Shelley

2016, Ali Abbasi, Denmark, 93 min. With Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan.

Show Times

  • Mon, Mar 27th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 29th 8:00pm

"Building a disquieting atmosphere of dread that leads us to make some brilliantly gruesome inferences, it’s a classy take on the often trashy pregnancy horror category, with a subtle social critique underlying its neo-gothic texture." — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"Part Gothic horror, part body horror and part social commentary, SHELLEY is an atmospheric and thoughtful chiller with real power." — Jonathan Hatfull, SciFiNow

ROSEMARY'S BABY and IT'S ALIVE lurk in the pedigree of this creepy gyno-horror tale, but its tantalizingly oblique treatment brings it closer to such EuroArt/horror hybrids as EVOLUTION and UNDER THE SKIN. Immigrant single mom Elena (Stratan of BEYOND THE HILLS) takes a job as live-in maid for a Danish couple living off the grid in an isolated forest. Elena bonds with the recently hysterectomized Louise (Petersen of BLIND) and agrees to gestate her frozen embryo, but ghastly pains and ghostly visions suggest that there's something more (or less) than human brewing in the surrogate's womb. In Danish, English, Norwegian, Swedish, and Romanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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