Swedish premiere/Siren Competition
Before she rides off on her bicycle in need of some counseling, Lily takes one last photograph with her now dead relatives. Late at night, her therapist isn’t home, but with any luck her sulky daughter could be persuaded into listening to a series of events that culminated in this grisly outcome.
Veronica Kedar’s third feature is perhaps her most fearless. With poetic grace, restraint and occasional outbursts of violence she submerges audiences in a densely layered tragedy. More than a snapshot of dysfunction, Family develops into a character study that details how oppression and feelings of being trapped can manifest in dire means of escape. A work she wrote, directed, edited and stars in, Family is a bleak portrait that’s unlikely to fade over time and one that bears all the markings of an auteur.