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You Won't Be Alone

Directed by Goran Stolevski
109 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Goran Stolevski’s astonishing debut, starring Noomi Rapace, is a visually spectacular supernatural tale about a young shape-shifting witch trying to understand what it means to be human.
In a 19th century Macedonian village, a desperate mother is willing to do anything to protect her infant daughter Nevena. She makes a deal with Old Maid Maria – the “Wolf-Eateress” – a witch who kidnaps children and drinks the blood of animals. In return for her daughter’s life, she agrees to hand her over on her 16th birthday. Then she hides Nevena in a cave, far away from all human interaction. But Old Maid Maria is not to be deterred and claims her prize all the same, taking the girl and imbuing her with the ability to shift shape. Nevena takes on the forms of several villagers, of different genders and ages. Having been isolated from society for all her years, Nevena begins to experience for the first time what it is to be human, eagerly absorbing all around her, both the pleasurable and the painful. Stolevski seamlessly melds conventions of the horror film with a poetic aesthetic contemplating the very nature of human existence, resulting in a mesmerising, indelible film.

Writer-director GORAN STOLEVSKI’s short films have won awards around the world, including the Rouben Mamoulian Award at SFF 2016 for You Deserve Everything. He is also a recipient of SFF’s Lexus Fellowship for his project My Boy Oleg. His debut feature, You Won’t Be Alone, had its world premiere at Sundance 2022.

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A bloody, brilliant existential fairy tale… Goran Stolevski’s film is the best of the year so far.
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
It is startling, and sometimes disturbing, but hits a place that is intensely human — bittersweet and bloody and beautiful at once, and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
You Won’t Be Alone, the ravishing, wildly original first feature from Goran Stolevski, moves so hypnotically between dream and nightmare, horror and fairy tale that, once bound by its spell, you won’t want to be freed.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times


Fri 10 Jun
State Theatre
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Sat 11 Jun
State Theatre
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Fri 17 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 1
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Tue 21 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Unclassified 18+
In Macedonian with English subtitles
Goran Stolevski
Kristina Ceyton, Sam Jennings
Noomi Rapace, Anamaria Marinca, Alice Englert
Goran Stolevski
Matthew Chuang
Luca Cappelli
Australian Premiere
Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Australian Films, Horror, Religion & Belief, Back by Popular Demand
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman/Universal
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