Director: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley Run Time: 91 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021
Starring: Grace Glowicki, Kentucker Audley, Linas Phillips, Penny Fuller
Live Virtual Q&A with Filmmakers!
We kick off an ongoing celebration of Independent Film Festival Boston’s 20th year with a program of faves culled from recent festivals that will often be accompanied by Q&As and special appearances. First up:
STRAWBERRY MANSION is a whimsical science fiction film with incredible handmade costumes and props, a score by indie music star Dan Deacon, and a romantic storyline that evokes Michel Gondry. Fifteen years in the future, our dreams are no longer our own—they’re infused with product placement and heavily taxed. Beleaguered auditor James Preble (Audley) arrives at a run-down house in the countryside for a routine check and encounters Bella (Fuller), a lifelong dreamer who remains resolutely analog. As Preble works his way through Bella’s archive of the unconscious, he begins to fall in love with visions of her younger self (Glowicki). Can Preble and Bella escape from the modern, monetized dreamscape and find refuge in the Strawberry Mansion?
“A film to admire not just for its psychedelic aesthetic delirium, but also for its pure moxie, its gleeful embrace of the very idea of filmmaking itself.” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Film International
“Strawberry Mansion is sensational, strange, and sophisticatedly sweet.” – Kristy Puchko, RogerEbert.com