TROMPE L’OEIL Claude D’Anna, France 1975 North American premiere of Mondo Macabro’s new restoration! Weds December 28 – 9:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Canada Tickets: https://tiff.net/events/trompe-loeil-with-kier-la-janisse (ticket option available bundled
Claude D’Anna, France 1975
North American premiere of Mondo Macabro’s new restoration!
Weds December 28 – 9:00pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto Canada
(ticket option available bundled with book!)
Midnight Madness Presents… is pleased to host a special-event screening to cap off this inaugural series: the Toronto book launch of Kier-La Janisse’s House of Psychotic Women: Expanded Edition, paired with the North American premiere of a recently restored Belgian-Franco hidden gem, 1975’s Trompe l’oeil.
Ten years ago, film programmer, critic, and author Kier-La Janisse penned an “autobiographical topography of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films,” which immersively weaved her memoirs of tumultuous, formative years and relationships with a new voice of film criticism exonerating the women expressing extreme emotions on screen. Janisse formalized a classification of an identifiable “house of psychotic women” subgenre grouping together hundreds of films, and introduced and inspired a generation of women filmmakers, critics, and programmers alike. This Expanded Edition inducts an additional hundred films, and reflects on the cultural impact from Janisse ― who is now a filmmaker in her own right, recently lauded for the comprehensive folk horror documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (2021).
Newly appended to the Expanded Edition, and diligently restored by Mondo Macabro, is Claude d’Anna’s lushly oppressive Trompe l’oeil. Anne (Laure Deschanel), a reserved painting restorer expecting her first child, is distracted by a recent incident of memory loss that bleeds into her dreams and loosens her connection to reality. Stunningly surreal in its palette and psychoanalytical dabbling, and co-starring the incomparable Max von Sydow as the frustratingly overprotective husband, Trompe l’oeil is an exemplar discovery in the house of psychotic women subgenre, and not to be missed during December’s cold embrace.
Content advisory: violence, nudity
(Wednesday) 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St W, Toronto, Canada