Perhaps the most daring film in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker is an elliptical, borderline surreal study of childhood trauma and repressed memories. Director Fastvold lets the story simmer as the action builds in and around a secluded, half-renovated house in the woods. Ingenious use of sound design and atmospheric score drive the psychological turmoil as the film slowly reveals what the characters have been through. Actors Gitte Witt, Stephanie Ellis Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbet (who co-wrote the screenplay with Fastvold) create a mounting feeling of tension as odd behavior, inappropriate dinner stories and poor manners bring out everyone’s madness.
Director: Mona Fastvold
Writers: Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold
Starring: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis, Brady Corbet
Production Details: 4 1/2 Film, 92 minutes