M.   /   August 31, 2010   /   9 Comments

Official Description (source)

Taking a cue from Krzysztof Kieslowski, Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf uses a melancholy palette of blues and greys in his English-language debut feature. Womb is an atmospheric film that imbues vanguard scientific issues with pathos and compassion. Though the story begins with a senseless murder, the film is flush with the heartening themes of life and love.

Rebecca (Casino Royale’s Eva Green) is thrown into despair when her eco-activist lover, Tommy (Matt Smith), is killed on his way to a protest. Tucked away in the small seaside town where she and Tommy first met as children, Rebecca struggles with her unremitting grief. She tries, unsuccessfully, to imagine a life without Tommy and falls into depression.

It’s at this point in the film that elements of science fiction come into play, although they harbour none of the genre’s conventionally flashy trappings. Rebecca is presented with an irresistible opportunity to bring Tommy back to life: if she is impregnated with his genes, she will give birth to his clone. The pitfall is that Rebecca will be forced into an emotionally divisive role, at once mother and former lover to her newborn child. It’s a futuristic dilemma that forces the characters into a series of moral quandries.

Fliegauf whisks his characters to Germany’s North Sea where he creates a post-apocalyptic seascape with a radically new ethical makeup. Unhindered by conventional stigmas, the residents of this new world are able to explore a raw, pre-social form of love. It’s a bold and complex premise that Fliegauf executes with intelligence and sensitivity. Womb emerges as a subtle film with a powerful moral angle, a harbinger of how advancements in science and genetics will force a re-appraisal of longstanding taboos.

Dimitri Eipides

First Reviews From Locarno

  • indieWIRE
  • Time Out London
  • The Hollywood Reporter –> THR was not so excited about the movie…

    North American Distribution Rights

    Last but not least, Olive nabs Fliegauf’s ‘Womb’ in U.S. Womb was produced by Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner of Berlin-based Razor Film and Andras Muhi of Inforg Studio Budapest, and co-produced by Paris-based A.S.A.P. Films, ZDF/Arte and Arte Cinema. Olive plans to release it in North American theaters next year.

    Thanks to Astrea, George and edenLiao for the links and heads-up! 😀

  • 9 Responses to “In Utero: New “Womb” Stills, Reviews & News”
    1. EvaAnne Says:

      Great photos, I really can’t wait to see the film!

    2. Raquel Says:

      I live in Poland. Krzysztof Kieslowski country. At the same time I am a big fan of Eva. The photos are interesting, I can not wait to see this movie on dvd. I feel that it will not let him in Polish cinemas.;[
      Waiting for new news 😉

    3. George Says:

      a bit off topic, but check this:
      http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/sparkling-singing-on-a-night-to-remember-2316909.html
      Eva is preparing for Callas’ role 🙂

    4. Joyce Says:

      Great!

    5. Daniel Says:

      Hey Raquel, I live in the same country. Womb in cinems its impossible, known our reality :). Maybe in any festival?
      Eva as Maria Callas, it will be very interesting!

    6. Paolo Says:

      News:
      Womb presented in Italy (Rome) during “Locarno a Roma” festival from September 1 to 6.The movie has already an italian distributor (Bolero film).

      http://www.giornaledellospettacolo.it/index.php/il-giornale/news/5496-cinema-dal-1d-al-6-settembre-locarno-a-roma.html

      Bye

      Paolo

    7. spot Says:

      this is making me more impatient about seeing Womb.

    8. George Says:

      Grazie mille Paolo 🙂

    9. spot Says:

      btw, thanks to Astrea, George, edenLiao and Paolo! 🙂