Praised for its sound design as well as its ominous atmosphere, the award-winning revenge fable marks British director Peter Strickland’s (‘In Fabric’, ‘Berberian Sound Studio’) directorial debut.
Banished by her husband and her village after an incident in her past is revealed, Katalin Varga is left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son, Orbán. Taking Orbán with her under another pretence, Katalin travels through the Carpathians, determined to revisit the sinister chapter and exact revenge. This quest for redemption leads her to a place she prayed she would never set foot in again.
The story that accompanies the making of ‘Katalin Varga’ is almost as remarkable as the film itself, with director Strickland achieving his ambition to make a feature film after receiving an inheritance from the death of a relative. Making superb use of its Transylvania locations, this is a captivating and audacious work that confirms Strickland as one of the UK’s most exciting filmmakers.
★★★★ “Fantasy-tinged psychodrama, owing debts to Tarkovsky and Lynch” - Tim Robey, The Telegraph
★★★★ “Superb central performances” - David Parkinson, Empire
★★★★ “Peter Strickland’s debut is a strikingly original thriller” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian