A banquet is a buffet of psychological horrors (exclusive video)
First feature film director Ruth Paxton explores the ferocity of motherly love and the psychology of food, power and purpose in her new psychological thriller A banquet.
movie stars resident Evil actress Sienna Guillory as Holly, a mother who struggles to cope with her teenage daughter, Betsey, played by Jessica Alexander (get again), suddenly refuses to eat due to a mysterious new belief system that resembles demonic possession. A banquet hits theaters and on demand on Friday, February 18 from IFC Midnight.
In this exclusive clip for Filmmaker which you can watch above, Holly becomes increasingly paranoid that Betsey suffers from anorexia during an emotional confrontation.
A banquet premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and uses subtle supernatural elements to create tension during a family breakdown and explore the complex connections between three generations of women.
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Here is the official synopsis: “Widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer hers, but in the service of a higher power. Attached to her new faith, Betsey refuses to eat but does not lose weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the limits of her own beliefs.
Paxton is a Scottish filmmaker who graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Film and Television from Screen Academy Scotland. She also holds an Honors BA from Edinburgh College of Art and won the Best Director award at the 12th London Short Film Festival for her short ‘PULSE’. She was also nominated as one of Canongate Books’ 40 Scottish Storytellers of the Future, which highlights the artists who are set to dominate the next 40 years of creative life in Scotland.
A banquet is produced by Tea Shop Productions and Riverstone Pictures.
Main image: Jessica Alexander and Sienna Guillory in A banquet courtesy of IFC Films.