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London/La-based The Little Film Company has added three titles to its international sales slate for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).
The film’s plot follows a man with a three-year gap in his memory who tries to protect his family from his mysterious, forgotten past.
The third title is Bad Blood, a suspense thriller from director David Pulbook (Last Dance). Produced by Anthony I. Ginnane (Patrick), the film will star Xavier Samuel (Fury) and Dennis Haysbert ([link »
Body Talk: Marquardt’s Debut Treads Lightly Through Provocative Territory
Sexuality, prostitution, and that obscure object of desire are all tricky matters to convey cinematically. In written form, many humans are able to project their own fantasies onto the scenario they’re consuming, and thus, titillation may be more accessible. Throughout the past century of cinema, dominated by not only the male gaze, but predominantly the white, heterosexual male’s tastes as well, we’ve not had the opportunity to rightly weigh the perspectives of those who don’t identify as readily or at all with such materials. But we’ve been conditioned to see things one way, and thus Anja Marquardt’s directorial debut She’s Lost Control, which concerns the struggles of a sex surrogate, has a feeling of familiarity while also being thought provoking for its potency as an observational character study from a perspective unconcerned with morality, »
- Nicholas Bell
[Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers who are deserving of your attention.] Boundaries are meant to be broken in "She's Lost Control," the remarkably sure-footed debut from writer-director Anja Marquardt. Centering on a psychology grad student (Brooke Bloom) working as a sex surrogate in New York, the film appropriately opens with the eradication of the fourth wall: "I know you pay me for my time, but you can't control how I feel," Ronah (Bloom) says, her big eyes gazing directly into the camera. By the time we circle back to the conversation in full, it's revealed that she's addressing Johnny (Marc Menchaca), a particularly guarded and volatile client who threatens to tip the balance of Ronah's personal and professional life. Read More: SXSW Springboard: Eugene Kotlyarenko Lets It All Hang Out in 'A Wonderful Cloud' "She's Lost Control" may share certain thematic elements with 2012's "The Sessions," but Marquardt mercifully »
- Emma Myers
The erotic meets the clinical in German director Anja Marquardt’s debut feature, She’s Lost Control, a quietly intense portrait of two characters brought together by deeply personal physical and internal deficiencies. Ronah (Brooke Bloom) is a graduate student doubling as a professional sex surrogate for men struggling with physical intimacy. The student faces the ultimate test when confronted with her most troubled patient, Johnny (Marc Menchaca), an imposing, solemn figure who needs an alcoholic beverage to get through each session. Those sessions — sequences that allow the leads to take real risks as their characters interact unsupervised — are set in darkened […] »
- Erik Luers
Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival Cicae Art Cinema Award and selected to screen as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2014 New Directors/New Films Series, "She's Lost Control" will finally hit theaters this month. Actress Brooke Bloom plays Ronah, a New York City woman who works as a sexual surrogate for individuals who struggle with a wide range of issues related to physical intimacy. Ronah finds herself in a difficult position when a man named Johnn, played by Marc Menchaca, comes to her for help, and she suddenly she finds herself struggling to separate her personal feelings for Johnny from the requirements of her job. "I wanted to make a film that feels very real about something that's kind of uncanny," director Anja Marquardt told Indiewire. "Living in NY there is a lot of life on every corner, yet it's hard not to feel that we're »
- Shipra Gupta
5 items from 2015
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