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Nicolas Pesce's Piercing

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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #25. Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing


Borrowing from Takashi Miike’s Audition (seminal J Horror film) source material, Nicolas Pesce had time to dress, finesse his highly anticipated sophomore film and boy did he deliver with what comes across as a Cronenberg’s Crash like love story featured in hotel room spaces rather than car wreckage and works as an homage to a plethora of influential filmmakers including De Palma and the Giallo set. Featuring Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott and Laia Costa, The Eyes of My Mother (read review) helmer has a bright future ahead.

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Based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name, Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. His plan is thwarted by the alluring and mysterious call girl (Wasikowska) who arrives at his room, leading to a pulsating game of cat-and-mouse. Cinematographer Zack Galler, editor Sofía Subercaseaux and Art Director Naomi Munro (It Comes at Night) provide a unified front for the tech folks on the project. Update: Having caught the world premiere screening, we can confirm Pesce’s skill-set — we thought it was a stellar genre exercise pimped out in candy colored aestheticism and fun dynamic between the co-leads.

Release Date/Prediction: This was selected for the Midnight section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Rotterdam Film Fest.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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