SALEM HORROR FEST: Dystopia (2020)

A young girl’s fantasy becomes the playground for a gang of women who set to create the perfect man, one limb at a time. One very, very gory limb at a time. Dystopia is a neon-hued cotton candy dreamland where body parts can be plastic, where beauty is all and where director Laura Ugolini and her co-writers Maria Galliani Dyrvik and Anja Skovly Freberg can make a camp yet solid statement on how  today’s generation views beauty.

Set in an imaginary pop-glam world of dolls, young social influencer Linnea and the four women inside her mind transform not only the bodies of others, but their own as well, pushing parts well past the typical standards of today’s beauty.

The film’s distribution site says, “Dystopia invites us to revisit, rethink figures, stereotypes and social mandates; both those that involved the same creators, who grew up in the 90s, and what the exposure, pressure and anxiety imposed by social networks implies for Gen-Z.”

It looks great. I’m not the first to mention that the subtitles need some color tweaks, but otherwise, I had fun watching this.

Dystopia is now playing Salem Horror Fest and you can watch this short and all of the features with their virtual pass now until the end of October.

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