This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, we’re featuring a Q&A from the 60th New York Film Festival with Enys Men director Mark Jenkin and lead Mary Woodvine, moderated by FLC Senior Director of Programming Florence Almozini.
In 1973, on an uninhabited, windswept, rocky island off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England, an isolated middle-aged woman (Mary Woodvine) spends her days in enigmatic environmental study. When she’s not tending to the moss-covered stone cottage in which she lodges, her central preoccupation is a cluster of wildflowers at a cliff’s edge, the blossoms’ subtle changes noted in a daily ledger. She’s also increasingly haunted by her own nightmarish visitations, which seem both summoned from her own past and brought up from the very soil and ceremonial history of this mysterious place. Shot on enveloping, period-evocative 16mm, this eerie, texturally rich experience from Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin conjures works of classic British folk horror but remains its own strange being, a genuine transmission from a weird other world.
Enys Men opens next Friday, March 31, with a filmmaker Q&A at 6pm, along with Jenkin’s debut feature Bait, which also opens next Friday with a Q&A at 8:45pm. Don’t miss Enys Men on 35mm—only during opening weekend and get tickets here.
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