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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 (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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