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My Animal

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An outcast hockey player, Heather (Bobbi Salvor Menuez) is saddled with baggage heavier than her goalie pads: not only is she a closeted lesbian living with her alcoholic mom, but she’s also inherited a familial curse that transforms her into a bloodthirsty lycanthrope. Falling for Jonny (Amandla Stenberg), a figure skater nursing her own emotional wounds, Heather invites further persecution from the prejudiced townsfolk. But turn around is feral play, and there’s a full moon rising.

From its transfixing opening transformation sequence, Jacqueline Castel’s My Animal is a full-blooded creature feature that weds the classic werewolf mythos with its own sapphic sensibility. Likewise, it leans into some genre tropes (including a synth score in the key of Carpenter), while exploring new avenues of the uncanny (let it be said: LSD and lycanthropy don’t mix). Ultimately, it’s an anthem of self-actualization and an ode to outcasts, whatever form they take.

 

September 30 & October 2: Q&A with director Jacqueline Castel & crew

 

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Director
Cast

Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Amandla Stenberg, Stephen McHattie, Heidi von Palleske, Cory Lipman, Scott Thompson

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2023

Series

Altered States

Language

English

Content Warning

Sexual Discrimination

18+
103 min
Action & Suspense Drama Horror & Sci-Fi Women Directors

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Credits

Producer

Andrew Bronfman, Michael Solomon

Screenwriter

Jae Matthews

Cinematography

Bryn McCashin

Editor

Marc Boucrot & Jacqueline Castel

Production Design

Emma Doyle

Original Music

Pier Harrison

Director

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Jacqueline Castel

Jacqueline Castel is an internationally award-winning director, screenwriter, and curator based in NYC. Her short film work has been featured at more than fifty festivals worldwide, including Sundance, SXSW, Rotterdam, BAMcinemaFest, Sitges, and Fantasia. She has written for and directed cult auteurs John Carpenter and Jim Jarmusch, and collaborated on a film with David Lynch for his Festival of Disruption in 2018. Castel’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The BBC, Dazed, VICE, Italian Vogue, Interview Magazine, and on AMC’s Shudder. She earned her BFA with honors at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. My Animal is her feature film debut.

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