Directed by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
$12 / $8 Speed members
“Strawberry Mansion is an eccentric hybrid, like a handmade valentine.”—Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
One of the most audacious films of the year premiered at Sundance and has been winning audiences over with its mixture of fantasy, adventure, social commentary, and thrilling animation.
In 2035, our dreams are no longer our own as they are infused with product placement and auditors assess unpaid taxes on our most private reveries. Beleaguered taxman James Preble (Kentucker Audley) arrives at a run-down house in the countryside for a routine audit and encounters Bella Isadora (Penny Fuller), a lifelong dreamer who remains resolutely analog, circumventing the surveillance state with VHS tapes and homemade headgear. As Preble works his way through Bella’s archive of the unconscious, he begins to fall in love with visions of her younger self (Grace Glowicki).
All is not well in dreamland as dangerous family secrets and a rogue’s gallery of blue demons and fried chicken pitchmen threaten to set the lovers’ paradise ablaze. Preble and Bella must escape from the modern, monetized dreamscape and find refuge in Strawberry Mansion. 2022, U.S., DCP, 91 minutes. Recommended for 14+.