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Gaia

Directed by Jaco Bouwer
2021
South Africa
96 minutes
MA15+
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A forest ranger (Monique Rockman, Number 37, SFF 2018) encounters pre-apocalypse survivalists and terrifying phenomena in this visually stunning eco-horror from South Africa.
The magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park becomes a menacing jungle hell in Jaco Bouwer's tale about our relationship with the seething mass of organisms that also inhabit this planet. When injured ranger Gabi is separated from her colleague and rescued by a father and son, something sinister is in the air. Having rejected modernity for a primitive existence, the father rants about humankind's mistreatment of the Earth, and it becomes clear that this forest contains dangers beyond anyone's imagination. Breathtaking visuals, stunning body-horror sequences and a superb soundscape create a viewing experience that is at once hallucinatory and profoundly lucid.
A masterpiece of socially aware eco-horror.
Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle
Fans of all stripes should find something to latch onto here; come for the fungus monsters, stay for the quasi-Biblical allusions, and it’ll be hard to leave disappointed.
J Hurtado, Screen Anarchy

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Program Strand
Freak Me Out, On Demand
Year
2021
Classification
MA15+
Country
South Africa
Language
In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Director
Jaco Bouwer
Producer
Tertius Kapp, Jorrie van der Walt, Jaco Bouwer
Cast
Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk
Screenwriter
Tertius Kapp
Cinematographer
Jorrie van der Walt
Editor
Leon Visser
Genre
Africa, Environmental, Horror
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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