CLOSING GALA: SEVEN STAGES TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL BLISS BY PASSING THROUGH THE GATEWAY CHOSEN BY THE HOLY STORSH (UK PREMIERE)

Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 8.17.10 AMDirector: Vivieno Caldinelli | USA | 2018 | 96 mins

Paul and Claire, a sweet, small-town couple with big dreams, think they’ve hit the jackpot with their new Los Angeles apartment – cheap rent in a perfect location. As they giddily emark on building their new life, they soon learn of the real price for their abode: a cult leader (Taika Waititi) committed suicide in their bathtub, and his devotees routinely break in to carry out the same ritualistic act. As finances prevent the couple from moving, they must face the Cult of Storsh head on, and in doing so will learn more about themselves and their relationship than their years together have taught.

A bizarre black comedy which treads a line between dark surrealism and playful absurdity, 7 Stages is a wildly funny ride. But we must ask: do you yield?