Dearest Sister, the second movie from Lao horror director Mattie Do, is to have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.
Financed two years ago by a crowdfunding campaign, the film’s synopsis from the campaign page described it as being “the story of a village girl from southern Laos who travels to Vientiane to care for her rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. When the poor girl realises that her cousin is receiving messages from the spirits that allow her to win the lottery, she has to choose between nursing her cousin back to health or keeping her sick in order to get rich herself.”
Do herself described the film as being about “socioeconomic disparity, gender inequality… and ghosts… and blood … and murder… and ghostly bloody murder!”
Despite Dearest Sister only being Do’s second film, if the strength of her eerie yet touching debut effort Chanthaly is anything to go by, Dearest Sister will be one to check out in you’re in London for the festival, and one which we certainly hope will receive some sort of general release. The film’s festival page can be found here and the trailer is viewable below.
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