Release Date, Trailer, Poster Debut: LEVEL 16

Dark Sky Films

Dark Sky Films Proudly Announces The Release Date and Trailer Debut For Festival Darling with Wicked Feminist Punch

“Level 16 Channels The Handmaid’s Tale in the Best Possible Ways, Which Is Pretty Damn Scary” – io9

Theatrical Poster

In the thematically rich fantasy Level 16, teen-aged Vivien (Emmy-nominated actress Katie Douglas) and Sophia’s (Celina Martin) are locked away in a sterile top secret facility where they’re taught the finer points of “feminine virtues” by Miss Brixil (Sara Canning), a Stepford-like headmistress, and left to question what fate awaits them when they age out of the institution.   

VOD Artwork

Wedding of-the-moment concerns (think The Handmaid’s Tale) to throwback aesthetics (think Joss Whedon’s criminally under-appreciated Dollhouse by way of Argento employing a desaturated palette), writer/director Danishka Esterhazy (Black Field, H&G) crafts a sinister allegory that packs a wicked feminist punch.

Film SynopsisSixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia — the former friend who betrayed her. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying.


Studio Name: Dark Sky Films 

Written and Directed by: Danishka Esterhazy 

 Produced by: Judy Holm, Michael McNamara, Stéphanie Chapelle  

Cast:  Katie Douglas (Compulsion, TV’s Mary Kills People), Celina Martin (Nickelodeon’s The Other Kingdom, CW’s iZombie), Sara Canning (Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, War for the Planet of the Apes), Peter Outerbridge (NBC’s Taken, Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, BBC’s Orphan Black), Alexis Whelan (Lucky 7), Amalia Williamson (TV’s Northern Rescue

TRT: 102 minutes  
Country: Canada  
Rating: Not Rated 
Language: English 
Genre(s): Thriller      

THEATER LIST (updated as of Jan. 15) 

New York City – Nitehawk in BrooklynYonkers,

NY – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers 

Los Angeles – Laemmle Music Hall  

Houston, TX – Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra 

Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Kansas City, MO – Screenland

 Colombus, OH – Gateway 

Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar

Jim Morazzini

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