Psychosexual thriller meets art world satire in Josh Appignanesi’s compelling hybrid documentary inspired by the work of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.
This innovative, hybrid docu-drama follows Chloe Aridjis, the acclaimed Latin American novelist, as she curates a retrospective on Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, researching the celebrated artist’s life in London.
Disenchanted by modern life, Chloe finds herself drawn to a mysterious stranger who appears to be following her. Sparks fly between them, but as she absorbs herself in the dark fantasia of Carrington’s work, Chloe begins to question their relationship.
Shot on characteristic vintage video and featuring exclusive archive footage of Leonora Carrington at work, director Josh Appignanesi draws enigmatic performances from his two leads to craft a compelling psycho-thriller from inside the real art world. A film that defies formal categorisation, Female Human Animal is a fitting homage to Carrington and her life-long commitment to the surreal.