An Experimental Film Society / Close Watch production funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

A great film work… unsettling but really, really good.” – Kay Sheehy, RTÉ Arena

Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s experimental 70-minute film Inside eludes categorisation. It occupies an indeterminate space that includes aspects of film, from fiction to essay film, and performance art. Focusing with unwavering and unnerving intensity on Langan as the main protagonist, it is largely static but hypnotically watchable.” – Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

“Inside, the first feature film by the duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, who have already made numerous short films, is a work that explores the inner life of a woman in psychic breakdown. The two directors explore this inner decadence through a masterly manipulation of the film medium… Inside is another great film from the Experimental Film Society, one that absolutely deserves consideration and an audience.”  – CinePensieri

…this dissonant, wordless and deeply melancholic lullaby is in equal measures evocative and alienating, its echoes entangled in dewy spider webs, glued to window glasses and absorbed by lush vegetation surrounding the home of an unnamed, isolated and perturbed heroine (portrayed with quirky, magnetic intensity by Langan herself). It defies any attempt to be properly categorized, let alone be pigeonholed into a definition, so take the following comparison(s) with a grain of salt: think Tarkovsky or Sokurov by way of Garrel or Duras with hints of self-denying performance art and you might get the slight idea of what to expect from it.” –  Nikola Gocić

Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s 2017 film, Inside, charts the evolution of an embryonic nuclear unit. It is set in an isolated rural dwelling in which something is slowly being incubated: individuation, perhaps, or collaborative self-effacement. Atomised moments excavate a process of withdrawal and symbiotic alienation. The film’s ornate, finely wrought surfaces belie a slow and destructive engulfment. Flesh as grass and existential dread are deadened by an epidural of repetitions and circumlocutions. Evergreen breath extrudes a slippery visual progeny.” – CIRCA Art Magazine 

Inside is an experimental feature film that excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. At once lyrical, unsettling and perverse, Inside is a chart of the growth patterns of solitude.

Inside is the first feature to have emerged from the ongoing collaboration between Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. Since 2009, they have made thirteen short films together that are built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s magnetic, troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. Le Cain makes experimental films that explore a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Langan’s practice operates across several overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound and film. Her vulnerable, emotionally charged work envelops audiences in an aura of dark intimacy. Inside is the product of this ever-developing creative partnership.

Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavangh brings a unique visual sensitivity to his role as cinematographer on Inside. The eye he has developed in his own visionary films for seeking out the less comfortable aspects of natural beauty and intimate domestic details contributes crucially to the atmosphere of Inside.

The soundscape of Inside is based on the tension between the intimacy of Langan’s bodily-inflected field recordings and Declan Synnott’s atmospheric and otherworldly modular synthesiser compositions.

Inside is an Experimental Film Society/Close Watch production that was made possible by an Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon Film Project Award.

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Inside (70 minutes, Ireland, 2017)
A film by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain
Soundtrack by Declan Synnott & Vicky Langan
Director of photography: Dean Kavangh
Colourist: Michael Higgins
Co-produced by Rouzbeh Rashidi 
An Experimental Film Society/Close Watch production
funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon