With Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men, an official selection of the 60th New York Film Festival, opening this Friday with a filmmaker Q&A at 6pm, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from the film, courtesy of Neon. Jenkin’s debut feature Bait also opens Friday with a Q&A at 8:45pm.
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. An NYFF60 Main Slate selection. A NEON release.