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THE HEADLESS WOMAN

Lucrecia Martel’s Haunting, Existential Drama
Has U.S. Theatrical Premiere Wednesday, August 19 at Film Forum


Film Forum is proud to present THE HEADLESS WOMAN, the third film from Lucrecia Martel (LA CIENAGA, THE HOLY GIRL), a leader of the Argentine film renaissance. Deemed “a deft and often witty portrait of psychological and ethical alienation” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out UK), the film tells a compelling tale of a poster child for the South American haute bourgeoisie. She’s blonde and bland, perfectly coiffed and made-up, often found behind the wheel of her Mercedes. María Onetto plays Verónica, a woman whose perfect life may be a dream or whose nightmare accident (was that a child her car hit? a dog? nothing?) may indicate that her entire existence is detached from reality. Critics have referenced David Lynch and Luis Buñuel as forerunners for the kind of hyper-reality THE HEADLESS WOMAN exudes. Beyond its atmospheric mastery, the film subtly examines the intricacies of class status and the role of women in a male-dominated society. Presented at the 2008 Cannes and New York film festivals

THE HEADLESS WOMAN will have a 2-week engagement,  August 19 – September 1 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (W. of 6th Av.) with screenings daily at 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 10:00.

“One of the great films of the decade.” – James Quandt, Artforum

“[Martel’s] strongest to date – at the very least, this brilliantly edited, purposefully disorienting comedy about a middle-aged woman’s post-car-accident confusion is the movie I’m most looking forward to revisiting.” 
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"The exacting formalism and beauty of THE HEADLESS WOMAN...is undeniable." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A complex and devastating parable… demonstrates Martel’s extraordinary cinematic vision and skill with actors. Lead actress María Onetto gives a remarkable performance.”
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

 

THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008, 87 mins.) Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar, Esther García, Verónica Cura, Enrique Piñeyro, Lucrecia Martel, Marianne Slot, Vieri Razzini, Cesare Petrillo, Tilde Corsi. Cinematography: Bárbara Álvarez. Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger. Sound: Guido Berenblum. Cast: María Onetto (Verónica), Claudia Cantero (Josefina), Inés Efron (Candita), Daniel Genoud (Juan Manuel), César Bordón (Marcos). Argentina/ France/ Italy/ Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles. Strand Releasing.


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