SESSION: Saturday 10th August at 9pm


MIFF 2019: In Fabric

(2018, dir. Peter Strickland, w/ Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Marianne Jean-Baptiste)

MIFF 2019: In Fabric will finish at approximately 11:06pm.

Peter Strickland is beloved for his exquisitely tactile, European genre homages and his unsettling command of mood. But this screamingly funny, Fassbinder-does-giallo fable, which follows a cursed dress thirsting for blood, is outré even for him. It’s winter, 1970-something, and lonely divorcée Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) has a blind date. Shopping for a dress, she ends up at an eccentric department store where a witchy saleswoman (delectably played by Strickland regular Fatma Mohamed) sells her the hypnotically gorgeous ‘artery red’ dress. Caveat emptor… Pretty soon, display mannequins come alive with the touch of a retail coven, and washing machine repairs take a sinister turn. With a cast that includes Sidse Babett Knudsen (The Duke of Burgundy, Westworld), cult comedians Julian Barrett (The Mighty Boosh) and Steve Oram (Sightseers, MIFF 2012) and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, In Fabric’s surreal, sensual delights have been wowing festival audiences all over, including at Austin’s Fantastic Fest where Strickland scored the Best Director award. “One of the most stylistically ambitious and genuinely overwhelming movies in recent memory … Everything about In Fabric is excessive, and delightfully so.” – 4:3 Film In Fabric will screen with The Cobbler’s Lot, Peter Strickland’s segment from The Field Guide to Evil (MIFF 2018). (IMDB)

FILM INFO Not reviewed.