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Oscilloscope Isn’t Horsing Around with Ann Oren’s “Piaffe”

Oscilloscope Isn’t Horsing Around with Ann Oren’s “Piaffe”

This week the Oscilloscope folks went shopping adding a Locarno comp title to their future slate. The company lands Ann Oren‘s Piaffe – which is also programmed in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera competition at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. Same category as Berlinale’s Robe of Gems and Cannes’ Un Certain Regard’s Godland. Oscilloscope is planning a traditional theatrical release for the film in 2023. So expect more film festival play abroad and in the U.S. Our Nicholas Bell was pleased by Oren’s feature fiction debut:

“Often resulting in sexual liberation, Ann Oren’s arresting debut, Piaffe, dives headlong into allegory. Titled for the dressage movement in horse training exhibition where the rider sits atop a horse while essentially trotting in place, Oren quickly assumes the Kafkaesque position when her protagonist embarks upon a strange transformation instigated by an occupational catalyst. A fantastical homage to the magical attributes of cinema and the untapped eroticism lurking within our primordial brains, Oren constructs a hypnotic exercise of metamorphic hedonism.”

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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