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Video: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Nicolas Pesce‘s highly anticipated sophomore film is what several will call a film lover’s delight. While his debut film (The Eyes of My Mother) which was also featured at the fest was more macabre in detail and more disturbing in tone, with Piercing, Pesce leaves no white space as he paints this canvas with every color in the filmmaker’s toolbox (with glorious production design by Alan Lampert). A gleefully and heavily stylized, art-deco friendly homage to the source material, the original film and a whole slew of filmmakers (e.g.: De Palma) who’ve contributed to films that play with the knifes and with darkest human desire, this titillating essay on sadomasochistic and the human psyche played really well for the Midnight crowd on hand. The cast (formidable perfs by Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska) and crew were on for world premiere post-screening Q&A at the Library theatre.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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