Marianna Palka's Bitch is premiering as part of Sundance's Midnight programming this year, and it's, no question, one of the films I'm most hotly anticipating. So I'm very pleased to exclusively debut this extremely rad one-sheet for the film, designed by Mondo's own Jay Shaw:
Here's a little bit about Bitch, so you can start to understand why I must see it:
Jill, a lonely, distraught housewife with four unruly children, paces on her dining room table with a belt around her neck, contemplating a desperate end to her wretchedness. Her husband, Bill, focused on his identity as breadwinner and an affair with a lusty co-worker, is as oblivious to Jill’s growing terror that she will do something destructive as he is to the panic at his unraveling company. Meanwhile, dogs bark and howl through the night, as one persistent mutt continually stalks the family’s yard. When Jill’s psyche finally breaks, she takes on a vicious new canine persona.
Marianna Palka (returning to the Festival after 2008’s Good Dick) writes, directs, and stars in this provocative film. She balances a whip-smart, deeply unsettling take on the horrors of a crumbling nuclear family with a palpable sensitivity for her character’s plight and perfectly timed comedic flourishes. Jason Ritter delivers a beautifully tragicomic performance as Bill, who’s transformed by bizarre crisis from an indifferent hound of a man entirely untethered from his family to their unexpected emotional anchor.
Bitch is the first film out from Company X, the new umbrella production company that houses SpectreVision as a subsidiary. You can read a little more about Company X here, but the upshot is that SpectreVision's Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller have joined Lisa Whalen to produce films that occupy that middle ground between indie and blockbuster, but that don't necessarily fit the independent horror label of SpectreVision. These guys have a great eye and a cool mission, and we're also very happy to debut their new logo, designed by Shaw and animated by Brandon Ridge.
If you're attending Sundance, absolutely do not miss Bitch. You can check out the screening times below:
1/20 11:59 PM Library Center Theatre
1/21 6:00PM Yarrow Hotel Theatre
1/24 9:45PM Broadway Centre Cinema 3
1/27 11:59PM Library Center Theatre