Lorcan FINNEGAN Ireland, Philippines 97 mins PG13 (Some Disturbing Scenes and Coarse Language) Singapore Premiere
Shuttling between Ireland and the Philippines, this psychological thriller brings together two unlikely women and their work.
Haunted by visions of a tick-infested dog, children’s fashion designer Christine is afflicted with an inexplicable, debilitating illness. One day, Filipina domestic worker Diana turns up to help, bringing with her a promising folk remedy that soon unnerves the family and reveals a repressed truth.
Throughout this skin-crawling thriller, Christine’s and Diana’s lives are intertwined in profound, material ways that go beyond patient and physician. A bewitching allegory for our transnational times, Nocebo asks: how far will we go to heal and expel the kinds of ills buried in the unplumbed depths of the psyche, the body and our societies?
Lorcan Finnegan is an Irish filmmaker who directed the eco-horror Without Name (2016), which won Best Film at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. His most recent feature Vivarium (2019) a science fiction thriller, premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. His short film Foxes (2011) won Best Short Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards.