EFA Selection


Michael Pearce | United Kingdom | 2017 | 106 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish

A powerful dark fairy tale for adults that has caused surprise in Toronto and Sitges. A wild coastal region of England. Moll is the black sheep of a well off family. Pascal is a poacher, an outsider with an ambiguous past. The spark is lit between them. The townspeople point to Pascal as the suspect in a series of murders. And this is where the electrical tension in the film explodes. We don’t know if Moll trusts or fears him, or if she herself may be hiding a twisted side behind an innocent appearance.

Direction: Michael Pearce
Script: Michael Pearce
Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun
Editing: Maya Maffioli
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James
Production: Ivana Mackinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie
Production Company: Agile Films, Stray Bear Productions, Film4, Bfi

Michael Pearce

Born in Jersey in 1981, he studied direction at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth and at the National Film & Television School. His short film Rite (2010) was nominated for the BAFTAs and travelled to more than forty festivals. He was selected as one of the Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International, and his short film Keeping Up with the Joneses (2014) had its premiere at Clermont-Ferrand and was also nominated for the BAFTAs. Beast is his first feature film, and he has traveled with it to festivals such as Toronto, London, Sitges, Thessaloniki and Torino, among many others.