Festival Opening & Special Presentation
The girls of St Lucia Convent are dying mysteriously—and their deaths may be related to a student suicide committed years before.
Prodigious, prolific Filipino filmmaker Mikhail Red’s latest project explores the dark secrets behind the beatific faces of a convent school.
In the Philippines of 1995, guidance counsellor Pat is a listening ear for all the students of St Lucia’s Convent. Compassionate and empathetic, Pat grieves with her girls after one of them commits suicide in a bathroom stall—the same one in which another student, Eri, died years before. What the St Lucia’s girls don’t know, however, is that Pat possesses a secret clairvoyant ability, one that allows her to become a sympathetic ear to the ghost of Eri, who has never left St Lucia’s halls.
After the mysterious death of yet another girl at the convent, Pat decides to use her ‘sessions’ with Eri to dig deeper into the troubling phenomenon—only to discover that her key witness may not be as reliable as she seems. At the same time, Pat’s human relationships are sent into a spiral when she discovers the convent’s dark history of physical punishment and abuse. By the time Pat is through with this supernatural saga, she’ll be left with a renewed purpose… and a lot of haunting questions.
With this homage to the popular genre of convent-school horror, the 27-year-old Red teases his audience with conventional horror tropes, yet subverts the expected delivery. Eerie is a sensory experience that calibrates a balance between fear and sympathy towards misjudged youth.
Cast & Credits
The son of Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Raymond Red, Mikhail Red has been screening his films at festivals since the age of 15. At 21, he wrote and directed his first feature, Rekorder (2013), clinching six international awards. His second feature, Birdshot (2016), became the official Filipino entry for the Oscars, and the first Filipino film to be on Netflix.
Mikhail Red, Mariah Reodica, Rae Red
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