20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2023

WATCHER

United States, 2022 : Canadian Premiere
Archives 2022
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
Mon, Apr 25 9:30 PM Buy

description

As a serial killer stalks the city, a young actress notices a mysterious stranger watching her in this terrifying thriller.

Julia (Maika Monroe, Off the CUFF 2015 Selection IT FOLLOWS) joins her husband when he relocates to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Having recently abandoned her acting career, she finds herself frequently alone and unoccupied. One night, people-watching from her picture window, she spots a vague figure in an adjacent building, who seems to be looking back at her. Soon after, while alone at a local movie theater, Julia’s sense of being watched intensifies, and she becomes certain she’s being followed — could it be the same unknown neighbour? Meanwhile, a serial killer known as The Spider stalks the city of Bucharest. The feature directorial debut from Chloe Okuno (V/H/S/94) premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and recently won the award for Best Feature at the Boston Underground Film Festival.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Sundance Film Festival 2022
SXSW 2022
Sun Valley Film Festival 2022
Boston Underground Film Festival 2022
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022

DIRECTOR'S BIO
A writer/director based in Los Angeles, Chloe is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a masters degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory. There she received the Franklin J. Shaffner Fellow Award, and directed the award-winning horror short film SLUT. Her recent work includes writing a remake of AUDREY ROSE for Orion Pictures and writing and directing a segment of the anthology series V/H/S/94.

press for WATCHER

"Genre fans will recognize the devices Okuno employs and suspect how they'll pay off, and the director skillfully teases those expectations... and keeps us off-balance throughout."
- Rue Morgue
"A film that sustains a viable ambiance of dread simply via someone looking out the window and shopping for groceries."
- The Hollywood Reporter

details

Drama / Thriller / Suspense / First Feature / Woman Director

Romanian, English | English Subtitles
95 minutes

credits

Director
Chloe Okuno

Screenwriters
Zack Ford
Chloe Okuno

Producers
Roy Lee
Aaron Kaplan
Mason Novick
Steven Schneider
Derek Dauchy
John Finemore
Sean Perrone

Cinematographer
Benjamin Kirk Nielsen

Cast
Maika Monroe
Karl Glusman
Burn Gorman

Music
Nathan Halpern

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awards

Winner Bunny Best Feature, Boston Underground Film Festival 2022