Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, FEMALE HUMAN ANIMAL is a darkly romantic psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life has to offer her.
When writer Chloe Aridjis curates the Tate retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. But as she descends into a world of obsession, is she hunter or hunted?
With the Volksbuhne’s Marc Hosemann, Patrick O’Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), appearances from cultural figures like Juliet Jacques, Marina Warner, Adam Thirlwell, Stewart Home and Tom McCarthy, scored by Andy Cooke with new music from Tearist and the iconic O.M.D., Female Human Animal also pays homage to its guiding feminist spirit, the striking artist and writer Leonora Carrington.
Director: Josh Appignanesi. Starring and co-devised with: Chloe Aridjis. Exec Prod: Jacqui Davies. Prod: Sam Dobbyn. 73 Mins / UK 2018
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“Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world– and it’s a triumph.” – Charlie Phillips, The Observer
“Unnerving, riveting, and mesmerising…. The unity of Appignanesi’s brilliant cinematic vision and Aridjis’ compelling and vulnerable performance makes Female Human Animal resonate.” – Hannah Clugston, Little White Lies
“Social Surrealism… Moves between scenes of quiet profundity and sincerity into a kind of schlock horror.” – Jennifer Higgie, Frieze
“Deliriously experimental.. Strange and illuminating.” – Dave Calhoun, Time Out
The writer/director behind award-winning fiction features like religious psychodrama Song of Songs (Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London) and ethnic satire The Infidel (Tribeca), Female Human Animal follows on from his widely acclaimed creative documentary feature The New Man (2016).
A London-based Mexican novelist and recent recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, her debut Book of Clouds won the French Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her acclaimed novel Asunder (Chatto), told the story of a museum guard in a national gallery. Her new novel Sea Monsters is out in 2019. She knew Leonora Carrington and curated the Tate retrospective.