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Shudder Theatre at Los Feliz 3 | Beyond Fest 2021
West Coast Premiere
This screening is free courtesy of our sponsors. Ticket RSVP will be available 9am the day of the event on this page. There will be a standby line. This is a vaccinated-only screening.
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When her teenage daughter Betsey experiences what can only be described as a profound enlightenment and claims that her body is now in service to a higher power and stops eating, Holly finds her entire belief system tested. It won’t be long before mother and daughter find themselves on the path to a collision so testing, the end result is nothing either could have expected.
Ruth Paxton’s debut feature is a magnificent combination of psychodrama and body-horror examining the conflict between belief, faith and rational thinking through the prism of a clash between a widowed mother and her teenage daughter. What could be seen as a common domestic disturbance escalates to emotional extremes, unearthing past traumas that force these two women to face inner demons neither knew they were hiding from.
With standout performances, striking cinematography and an eerie sound design, A BANQUET is genre cinema at its boldest, most original and terrifying. Unmissable cinema.
DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Midnight