Director: Bertrand Mandico Run Time: 105 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023 Language: French, German, English
Starring: Elina Löwensohn, Christa Theret, Julia Riedler, Claire Duburcq, Sandra Parfait, Agata Buzek, Nathalie Richard, Françoise Brion, Audrey Bonnet, Christophe Bier
New York premiere
For Brooklyn Horror, a new Bertrand Mandico film is a legit event our fandom traces back to showing his singularly audacious and visually extravagant films Apocalypse After and After Blue (Dirty Paradise) in 2019 and 2021, respectively. And with the unclassifiable Conann, the French filmmaker is back in even wilder fashion.
Loosely riffing on the Conan the Barbarian myth with a gender reversal remix, this omnibus-like oddity follows the title character, played by multiple different actresses, from the stone age to 1980s New York City, each new iteration giving Mandico a chance to play with his eye-popping visual skills. The cumulative experience is truly one of a kind. —Matt Barone