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MUNCHAUSEN is an early works from the acclaimed director of Hereditary, revealing his darkly comic vision. A mother, unable to confront the heartbreak of her son leaving for college, delays his departure by making him sick. Unfortunately, she goes too far. Munchausen is a silent montage about a mother (Bonnie Bedelia) who will take dangerous risks to avoid the heartbreak of her son’s departure to college. Aster challenged himself to make a short based on the aesthetics and tropes of Pixar movies. The result is full of rainbow colors, with sweeping camera movement, transforming the perfect American suburban life into a perverse, macabre place. Munchausen premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2013. Before writing and directing his brilliant, widely praised debut feature Hereditary – and after receiving his MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory – Ari Aster had already made a strong impression with his short films. The filmmaker doesn’t consider himself tied to the horror genre, but his next project is another highly anticipated horror movie with A24. We cannot wait to see what Ari Aster does next.


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