The Honor Farm

International Premiere
  • USA
  • 2017
  • 75 mins
  • English
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Hosted by Director/Co-Writer Karen Skloss

Official Selection: SXSW 2017 (Midnighters)

"Imagery of the occult and moments that would make David Lynch proud" - Drew Tinnin, DREAD CENTRAL

The gown, the hairstyling, the limousine, the prom date – all the familiar details that make up graduation night, that inevitable ritual of passage into adulthood. Lucy (a luminous Olivia Grace Applegate, seen in KRISHA) still does not have peace of mind – “Do you ever feel like you're just going through the motions?” she asks her best friend, while they retouch their makeup. When her date turns out to be a total disappointment, abruptly ending the fairy tale, the fantasy seems to have evaporated. But then some classmates, who’ve arrived in a hearse, extend her a most intriguing invitation: a magic-mushroom trip out in the wilderness, in an abandoned prison farm (haunted, according to urban legend,). So will the second part of Lucy’s night begin, during which she’ll have to confront her deepest fears and desires, halfway between dream and nightmare.

Stepping over from the documentary world, director Karen Skloss unveils a dreamlike debut fiction feature that masterfully manipulates the tropes of horror cinema, teen flicks and psychedelic thrillers. Featuring a fantastic cast of emerging young actors, including Dora Madison (EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!), and co-written by Skloss's teenage daughter, THE HONOR FARM is an admirably smart, empathic and surprising work at the avant-garde of young-adult cinema. Featuring sublime cinematography by Lee Daniel, a virtuoso of the coming-of-age narrative (BOYHOOD, DAZED AND CONFUSED), THE HONOR FARM will plunge viewers into the murky pond of confusion, anguish and, yes, of terror, located at the crossroads of adolescence and adult life.

- translated by Rupert Bottenberg

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