Elizabeth E. Schuch’s mesmerizing horror/fantasy feature debut, The Book of Birdie, arrives on major VOD platforms in early October in the U.S. and Canada; and we have your first look at the film right here, including several stills, a trailer, and the poster.
The Book of Birdie had its world premiere at Göteborg Film Festival 2017 in Sweden, screened opening night at Brazil’s celebrated genre festival Fantaspoa, played the prestigious Sitges Fantastic Film Fest in Spain, and went on to win Best Film at the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival in Tasmania and Best Cinematography at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, where it was the closing night film.
It is a modern-day Gothic fairy tale set in a isolated convent. When a fragile, imaginative teenager is placed in the convent, will her unusual obsessions and hallucinations become a mark of sainthood or a dark heresy?
Director Schuch’s background includes credits and accolades in theatrical design, visual effects, and storyboarding. The film has a majority female crew and exclusively female cast led by mesmerizing newcomer Ilirida Memedovski in the starring role of Birdie alongside seasoned talent Susan Crowley (Mother Superior) and Kathryn Browning (Grandmother). It is produced by Iakovos Vroutsis and Konstantinos Koutsoliotas and co-produced by Andy Thompson. Joao Pedro Fleck and Nicholas Tonsho executive produced with Fantaspoa Produçoes. London-based studio Melancholy Star produced and handled VFX.
The Book of Birdie lands on Google Play, Amazon, DISH, and iTunes on October 2nd.
Introverted Birdie is sent to live in a quaint and isolated convent by her concerned grandmother in an attempt to change her sobering outlook on life. But left to her own devices she develops a heightened obsession with blood, which seems all too willing to flow from her body, and reoccurring visions and hallucinations that pull her in every direction. Sometimes whimsical and sometimes gory, Birdie passively questions – is she a saint or is she cursed?
Escaping the watchful eye of Mother Superior and the other nuns, Birdie begins an intimate friendship with Julia, the groundskeeper’s daughter; but things begin to spiral out of control when the closing of the convent is announced and fates must be confronted.