Vivarium, by Lorcan Finnegan
Horror and sci-fi come together in Vivarium, one of the first films scheduled for the Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2019.
For this film, director Lorcan Finnegan (Without Name, 2016) found inspiration in a number of works such as The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror as well as David Cronenberg’s films.
The main characters are performed by British actress Imogen Poots (Sweet Virginia, 28 days later, Green Room), who took the role instead of formerly scheduled Mackenzie Davis, along with New York actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Village, Zombieland). Both of them will also be together in The Art of Self-Defense (Riley Stearns, 2019) in which they are expected to replicate the connection they show in Vivaruim.
The film was produced by the John McDonnell i Brendan McCarthy’s Irish production company Fantastic Films, who have titles like Jaume Balagueró’s Muse, or the brilliant I am not a serial killer, which was awarded as Best Film at our terrorMolins 2016; moreover, Bully O’Brien was awarded Best Director and young actor Max Records got the Best Performance Award.
“It is a superior genre piece at heart, but elevated by its high-calibre leads Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, plus a script rich in political and cultural resonance.”
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
Moreover, Vivarium has the support of XYZ Films, who distribute films that have also been in our Festival: Mandy or Mum and Dad (Best Director Award at terrorMolins 2017), both of them starred by Nicolas Cage.
“Come for the striking set design and killer performances, stay for the immersive mystery, and leave with a crippling fear of children and nagging concerns about the universe’s cruel indifference”
Haleigh Foutch, Collider
Vivarium was shot in Dublin and had its premiere in Cannes where it got a big success.
Original title: Vivarium
Running time: 97 min.
Country: United States
Director: Lorcan Finnegan
Screenwriter: Garret Shanley (Story: Lorcan Finnegan, Garret Shanley)
Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Cinematography: Miguel De Olaso
Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Aris, Olga Wehrly, Danielle Ryan, Senan Jennings, Molly McCann, Eanna Hardwicke, Shana Hart
Producer: Fantastic Films / Frakas Productions / PingPong Film
Distributed by: XYZ Films
Synopsis: A couple looking for the perfect home, find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.