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ALT | Altered States

With her psyche torn and tattered by her unfaithful, inattentive spouse and unruly brood, Jill’s (writer-director Marianna Palka) repressed fury is unleashed, leaving the suburban housewife in a fugue state that sees her conducting herself like a vicious junkyard dog hopped up on amphetamines. As she claims the basement as her territory (and marks it accordingly), her husband Bill (Jason Ritter, wonderfully hapless) is left with no other choice than to tentatively step up and clumsily embrace domestic responsibilities.

Rightfully hailed as "a hilarious and vicious bite at the patriarchy" (Screen Anarchy), Palka’s Bitch is a feral satire that’s equally bold in its writing, direction and performance as it sinks its teeth into the subject of contemporary gender politics.

"[A] ferocious feminist satire… The wacky drama is aided in large part by Morgan z Whirledge’s chaotic score, which erupts with discordant melodies… that convey the sheer chaos of a stable world facing its reckoning… A fierce portrait of unwieldy comeuppance, it’s both hilarious and terrifying to watch… By its end, Bitch focuses as much on what it means to wake up to the frustrations of an American dream coming to pieces as it is a fierce indictment of them."—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

If ‪A Woman Under the Influence and Mr. Mom had a baby, it would be Bitch."—Elijah Wood

Preceded By: Manivald

Director: Chintis Lundgren / Canada/Croatia/Estonia, 2017, 13 min.
A bizarre love triangle develops between a 33-year-old fox, his hot-to-trot mother and the burly wolf repairman who comes to fix their washing machine.
Director Marianna Palka
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 97 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster
Executive Producer: Lisa Whalen, Fernando Szew, Elisa Lleras Michael M. Mcguire
Producer: Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood, Mike Moran
Cinematographer: Armando Salas
Editor: Brett W. Bachman
Production Design: Ryan Brett Puckett
Music: Morgan Z Whirledge
Production Company: Company X-SpectreVision / Dark Sky Films
Print Source: Dark Sky Films


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