Direct from Cannes, here's the simple and stunning new poster for Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty.
I'm purposefully avoiding reading reviews from Cannes (though it was hard to miss the Twitter buzz, which seemed intriguingly mixed), so as I mentioned in the SMH Festival Focus video, this film remains one of my most anticipated of the Sydney Film Festival.
"You will go to sleep. You will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed."
Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy's absolute submission. The unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.
"Julia Leigh has a new fully confident cinema voice. Sleeping Beauty thrilled and excited me. Sensuous, intriguing, complex and unafraid. Her talent and the film are extraordinary," Jane Campion
Sleeping Beauty from Pollen Digital on Vimeo.
Australian release date: 23 June 2011
UK release date: 14 October 2011
US release date: 28 October 2011 (limited)