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OPENING GALA: ANTLERS

Dir. Scott Cooper | USA/Mexico/Canada | 2021 | 108 mins

In the small town of Cispus Falls, Oregon, a former mining community that has fallen into deprivation and ruin, middle-school teacher Julia Meadows begins to have concerns about her student Lucas, whose behaviour and characteristics suggest a troubled home life. After examining the disturbing sketches he has produced, Julia suspects that the boy is at risk of serious harm and so becomes determined to investigate.  As she and her sheriff brother Paul become embroiled in the young student’s life, his dark secrets lead to a series of terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature that is rooted in ancient folklore.


From the visionary world of acclaimed director Scott Cooper and horror maestro Guillermo del Toro comes ANTLERS. Adapted from the short story ‘The Quiet Boy’ by Nick Antosca, this enthralling psychological horror thriller takes its initial inspiration from one of Native American folklore’s most enduring tales. As one would expect from producer Guillermo del Toro, the film’s scares and creature effects truly deliver, but the ancient monster in question here is not merely a bump in the night or a cheap jump scare – the creature exists as a powerful and resonant metaphor for the way we treat our fellow humans and the way humankind has historically treated the environment.

Screening with TROPAION + THE MOOGAI