EARWIG is a mesmerising fable of long-repressed secrets and awakening memories from the mysterious and oneiric world of Lucile Hadzihalilovic, making her debut feature in the English language. Based on the novel by Brian Catling. World Premiere: TIFF2021 – Winner of the Special Jury Prize – San Sebastian IFF 2021, BFI and Film4 present EARWIG, Anti-Worlds, Petit Film production – in association with Frakas Productions.
EARWIG features music by Warren Ellis, Nicolas Becker and Augustin Viard whilst the poster art for EARWIG is by Laurent Lufroy.
Somewhere in Europe, mid-20th century. Albert is employed to look after Mia, a girl with teeth of ice. Mia never leaves their apartment, where the shutters are always closed. The telephone rings regularly and the Master enquires after Mia’s wellbeing. Until the day Albert is instructed that he must prepare the child to leave…
Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic spent her childhood and adolescence in Morocco, before moving to Paris where she studied art history, then film at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cine?matographiques (now la Fe?mis). Her graduation film was LA PREMIE?RE MORT DE NONO.
In the early 1990s she founded the production company LES CINEMAS DE LA ZONE with Gaspar Noe?, with whom she worked on CARNE and SEUL CONTRE TOUS (I STAND ALONE). Their collaboration continued with her contribution to the screenplay of Noe?’s ENTER THE VOID.
In 1996 Hadzihalilovic produced, wrote, edited and directed LA BOUCHE DE JEAN-PIERRE (MIMI), a 52-minute film that screened in Un Certain Regard, at Cannes, and won the Prix SACD at Avignon Film Festival, the Best Screenplay Award at Angers European First Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the OCIC Award (Honorable Mention) at Amiens International Film Festival.
In 2004, she wrote and directed the feature film INNOCENCE, based upon Wedekind’s “Mine-haha” produced by Agat Films, BlueLight and Entre chien et loup. The film won the Best New Director Prize at San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Bronze Horse for Best Film and the Best Cinematography Prize (for Benoit Debie) at the Stockholm Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Prize and People’s Choice Award at Istanbul International Film Festival, the Best FilmAward at Neucha?tel International Fantasy Film Festival,and the Special Jury Prize at theYubari Festival,Japan.
In 2015, she directed EVOLUTION, co-written with Alante? Kavai?te? and in collaboration with Geoff Cox, and produced by Les films du Worso, Noodles Production, Volcano Films, Scope Pictures, and Left Field Ventures. The film won the Special Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Prize (for Manuel Dacosse) at San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Best Cinematography Prize at the Stockholm Film Festival, and the WITFS Foundation International Visionary Award 2015.
She has also directed the short films GOOD BOYS USE CONDOMS (1998) NECTAR (2014) and DE NATURA (2018) selected in numerous festivals.
Starring Paul Hilton, Alex Lawther and Romola Garai, EARWIG is in UK cinemas from 10th June 2022.