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
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.
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
Rating: Not Rated
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
Colombus, OH – Gateway
Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar