SWALLOW
2019, 94 min, Dir: Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Hunter (Haley Bennett, in an outstanding performance) leads a charmed life; married to the handsome Ritchie, she has a pristine home and more money than she could spend in a lifetime. So why can’t she stop ingesting household objects that vary from the small and insignificant to the deadly and dangerous? One thing is for sure: Strange habits like this cannot stay hidden for long under the scrutinizing eyes of suburbia, and there’s no way her snooty family will accept her odd preoccupations. An incredible debut from director Mirabella-Davis, SWALLOW examines the subconscious world of a woman and her coping mechanism for past trauma through a very graphic representation. Each ingested object brings Hunter closer to revealing a truth that she’s trying to suppress, but she faces endless social obstacles before she can even consider her own identity in a world manufactured to make her obey.


THE SWELL SEASON
2011, Seventh Art Releasing, 91 min, Ireland, Czech Republic, USA, Dir: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Most people know Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the charmingly un-Hollywood actors and singer-songwriters who starred in the film ONCE, for their memorable - and temporarily interrupted - 2008 Oscar win for Best Original Song (“The Swell Season”). Yet behind the award was a more complex story of Hansard and Irglová’s onscreen romance becoming reality, and the grueling two-year world music tour that threatened to permanently fracture their relationship. Shooting in crisp black-and-white, documentarians Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis explore the upsides and downsides of artistic collaboration, success and love as they follow the musical couple on their difficult yet constantly illuminating journey. “THE SWELL SEASON makes a bruised-but-sweet flipside to ONCE’s dreamy lovesong.” - The Hollywood Reporter


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