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Hired Help: Super Ltd. Corner Zachary Wigon’s “Sanctuary”

Hired Help: Super Ltd. Corner Zachary Wigon’s “Sanctuary”

In cinema, 2022 will be remembered as the year of the donkey and perhaps power moves between the sexes in out of all places … elevators. After a savoury tight space exchange in Triangle of Sadness, it is a long-awaited sophomore film from Zachary Wigon (that played especially well to Toronto auds) that corners Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott in a boutique-like hotel plus elevator for good measure. Less than two weeks after its world premiere, the Neon folks are adding Sanctuary to their TIFF shopping bag which already includes Saint Omer and How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Wigon’s latest reminded me of earlier Neil LaBute and to some extent is Mamet-esque. This is about a dominatrix caught up in a battle of wills with w wealthy client over the course of one night. Wigon was featured on our site back in 2014 with the release of his debut feature, The Heart Machine.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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