What begins as a peaceful retreat honeymoon for newlyweds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) takes a sinister turn when Bea disappears one night, only to be found the next morning naked and alone in the woods. What follows is a brooding domestic drama punctuated by supernatural forces. Bea’s shift from a carefree young woman to cold, distant, and calculating echo some of the anxieties that come with a new marriage —issues such as secrecy, mistrust, and loss of identity—made all the more visceral through Bea’s unexplainable physical transformation and the possibility of a force beyond human control.
Leigh Janiak’s directorial debut brings a woman’s voice to the horror genre and a cutting edge to the domestic relationship film shrouded in darkness and mystery. Her intelligent portrayal of the characters' descent into the unknown announces Janiak as a new and distinct directing talent.
Length: 88 minutes
Premiere: New York
Director: Leigh Janiak
Screenwriter: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak
Producer: Patrick Baker, Esmé Howard
Editor: Christopher S. Capp
Cinematographer: Kyle Klütz
Production Designer: Chris Trujillo
Executive Producer: Julie Parker-Benello, Allen Benello, Brandon Dufour, John Dufour, Chris Pilaro, Daniel Troiano
Composer: Heather McIntosh
Sound Designer: Trevor Gates
Costume Designer: Courtney Arthur
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Leigh Janiak grew up in suburban Cleveland, studied creative writing and comparative religion as an undergraduate at NYU, and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Honeymoon is Leigh’s first feature film.