THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
Director Nicolas Pesce's debut feature — fascinates with its combination of raw, brutal storytelling and elegant imagery. Beautifully lensed in black and white by cinematographer Zach Kuperstein, Pesce's film immediately immerses the viewer in its Gothic atmosphere with a jarring act of violence that disrupts the seemingly bucolic life of a Midwestern Portuguese-American family. Francisca, the young daughter of a farmer and his surgeon wife, carries the effects of witnessing this terrible event into adulthood and perpetuates the cycle of violence to a chilling degree. Played with magnetic intensity by Kika Magalhães, the character of Francisca provides an uncommonly personal look at psychosis. While Pesce never pretends to understand or explain the roots of her actions, by planting the film squarely in Francisca's point of view, he gives us an uncomfortable yet enthralling experience with this unique horror film. — Mike Dougherty
Born in New York City in 1990, Nicolas Pesce is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and worked as assistant editor on Josh Mond's JAMES WHITE (AFI FEST 2015). Pesce’s debut feature THE EYES OF MY MOTHER premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.