IFC has unveiled a new trailer for the chilling movie Birth/Rebirth, that calls upon the spirit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to weave a contemporary narrative on parenting, sci-fi, and, of course, the horror genre. The plot pivots around two female protagonists: a scientist engrossed in the concepts of life and death, and a nurse whose existence takes a drastic turn following a calamity.
The trailer for Birth/Rebirth paints an eerie ambiance, not necessarily through horrific imagery, but by leveraging its unsettling themes and plot. Initially, we meet a grief-stricken mother whose already complicated journey takes an unexpected twist after she discovers that her deceased six-year-old daughter is not completely gone.
The concept of ‘rebirth’ comes next. The notion was frightening enough in Frankenstein, but in Birth/Rebirth, it involves a young girl and a pig. The trailer seems to suggest that the pig is revived within the girl’s body, which might account for her unusual behavior. But does this mean the girl’s consciousness now resides within the pig’s brain? There are numerous queries to be answered. Audiences will have to hold their curiosity for a month to unravel the mystery.
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Laura Moss, making her directorial debut with a feature film, helms the movie. Moss, who has directed acclaimed short films like Fry Day—available on the Criterion Channel—co-wrote the script alongside Brendan J. O’Brien, known for his work in the sound department of films like The Many Saints of Newark and Birdman.
Birth/Rebirth had its preliminary screenings at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, which FilmSweep had the opportunity to cover. During the event, the cast and director offered insights into their influences and inspirations. In a conversation with Perri Nemiroff, Moss discussed their Frankenstein inspiration, their desire to depict parenting from a distinct, chilling perspective, and even the presence of horror in the Marvel Universe.
The ensemble cast of Birth/Rebirth includes Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Marin Ireland (The Boogeyman), Breeda Wool (National Treasure: Edge of History), and A.J. Lister (A Haunting).
Birth/Rebirth is set to hit theaters on August 18. The trailer can be viewed below:
You can read the official synopsis here:
Rose (Marin Ireland) is a pathologist who gravitates more towards corpses than social interaction. She harbors a dark fascination—the reanimation of the dead. Celie (Judy Reyes) is a maternity nurse whose world revolves around her lively, talkative six-year-old daughter, Lila (A.J. Lister). But when Lila tragically falls ill and passes away one night, the worlds of these two women collide. As they journey down a grim path from which there is no return, they are forced to face how far they would go to safeguard what they cherish the most.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ‘Birth/Rebirth’ Trailer
Who is the director of the movie ‘Birth/Rebirth’?
Laura Moss is the director of the movie ‘Birth/Rebirth’. This film marks her debut in directing feature films.
What is the movie ‘Birth/Rebirth’ about?
Who are the main cast members in ‘Birth/Rebirth’?
The main cast of ‘Birth/Rebirth’ includes Judy Reyes, Marin Ireland, Breeda Wool, and A.J. Lister.
When is ‘Birth/Rebirth’ releasing?
‘Birth/Rebirth’ is set to premiere in theaters on August 18.
Where did ‘Birth/Rebirth’ have its early screenings?
‘Birth/Rebirth’ had its early screenings at the Sundance Film Festival.