In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve’s explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Haunted objects, an eerie score and a moody, oneiric look complement this intense and frightening peek into child abuse and the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van.
If you don’t know Marina de Van’s work, you should. She has written with Francois Ozon (8 Women), and her daring first feature, In My Skin, included her main character eating her own flesh. Her second feature, Don’t Look Back, screened at Cannes in 2009. De Van’s films are intense, intellectual and brutally honest. This newest film is a viciously drawn and taut supernatural thriller that adds to her growing body of bold work.
Length: 90 minutes
Director: Marina de Van
Screenwriter: Marina de Van
Producer: Patrick Sobelman, Jean Luc Ormieres
Editor: Mike Fromentin
Cinematographer: John Conroy
Production Designer: Tamara Conboy
Executive Producer: Andrew Lowe, Martina Niland, Sean Wheelan
Composer: Christophe Chassol
Cast: Marie Missy Keating, Marcella Plunkett, Padraic Delaney, Aidan Gillen, Charlotte Flyvhom
MARINA DE VAN studied philosophy before attending La fémis, the French state film school. She made a number of short films before her feature debut, In My Skin, followed by Don’t Look Back in 2009. Dark Touch is her third feature.