Carmilla

Carmilla

U.K.
2019
96 minutes
Emily Harris

Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic Gothic vampire novella, “Carmilla” — a moody, atmospheric, beautifully mounted adaptation — is a coming-of-age love story enveloped in mystery. Sheltered 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives with her father and strict governess, Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine), but when a carriage crash brings enigmatic young Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) to recuperate at their house, she provides an outlet for Lara’s curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. The pair begin a passionate friendship, but rumors of a supernatural presence make Miss Fontaine mistrustful of Carmilla. The Times Literary Supplement writes: “A new cinematic vision of ‘Carmilla’ by the filmmaker Emily Harris is one of the most rewarding entries in the canon — a moody allegory of teenage curiosity and longing within a domestic setting of rigid evangelism and sexual repression. At its most compelling, the film also recuperates the figure of Carmilla from oversexed demoness to queer feminist.”

Play Trailer
Sponsored By

All sponsors