The only film noir directed by a woman.
Amelia (Essie Davis), a grieving single mother, grows to resent her difficult son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) in the wake of her husband's death six years previously.
As well as having to deal with Samuel constantly getting into trouble at school, things become even more tense at home when he begins having disturbing visions of a threatening character from his storybook 'The Babadook'. Becoming more frightened by Samuel's visions, Amelia also begins having similar experiences, and she starts to believe that there may be more to the hallucinations than she initially thought.
The Babadook is a psychological horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent in her directorial debut.
English spoken, no subtitles
This film has a short, Dutch-spoken introduction by film journalist Barend de Voogd.
Women have written, directed and produced films since the early days of cinema. Still, they are rarely over-represented on lists and at award ceremonies. That’s why you can see the brand new monumental documentary series Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema in September. We will also screen some 25 surprising and ceiling-breaking gems you should not miss, all of them made by female film makers.
In collaboration with Internationaal Filmfestival Assen.