It Lives InsideUnited States, 2023 : International Premiere
An Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity has a falling out with her former best friend and, in the process, unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger by feeding on her loneliness.
Sam lives in an idyllic suburb with her conservative parents. During a fight with her troubled estranged friend, Tamira, she smashes a mysterious jar and unknowingly unleashes a bloodthirsty ancient Indian demon. What starts off as terrifying visions soon turn into a real life hell as Sam’s loved ones begin to be picked off one by one with gruesome results. In order to end this curse once and for all, Sam must reconnect with her culture and band together with her parents before it’s too late. Winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW 2023.
Bishal Dutta's award-winning short films include LIFE IN COLOR, an official selection at the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and INFERNO, an Original on Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER horror platform. Bishal's next directorial projedct is an Untitled Original Horror Film for New Line Cinema and James Wan’s Atomic Monster.
press for It Lives Inside
"IT LIVES INSIDE asserts its importance as an Indian-American ode to the outsiders stuck trying to live two separate lives and succeeds as a crossroads between international flavors and domestic horror mindsets."- SlashFilm
"IT LIVES INSIDE introduces a bold new voice with an evident passion for the genre, creating a captivating new spin on demonic horror."- Blooding Disgusting
screened with a short film
2022, 12 m 06 s, United States, Director Tim Warren
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Winner, Midnighters Audience Award, SXSW 2023