Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Goodnight Mommy 2014

Ich seh Ich she

Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

“A wicked little chiller full of foreboding and malevolent twists… Convinced their mother is an impostor, twin brothers take charge in this unsettling serving of auteur horror from Austria.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Austria In German with English subtitles
99 minutes CinemaScope / DCP

Directors, Screenplay


Ulrich Seidl


Martin Gschlacht


Michael Palm

Production designers

Hannes Salat
Hubert Klausner

Costume designer

Tanja Hausner


Olga Neuwirth


Susanne Wuest
Lukas Schwarz
Elias Schwarz
Hans Escher
Elfriede Schatz
Karl Purker
Georg Deliovsky
Christian Steindl
Christian Schatz
Erwin Schmalzbauer


Toronto 2014
San Francisco 2015


One of the most talked about and genuinely creepy debut films in decades. Not since Michael Haneke unleashed Funny Games have we felt the surgical precision of an Austrian thriller at the top of its game. Writer-directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, respectively the partner and nephew of acclaimed filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, have devised a clever and insidious mother-son-son psycho-drama. It all starts with a wholesome family lullaby before becoming more and more off-kilter as the tale of twin boys and their mother takes a terrifying turn for the worse. When the boys’ mother returns from extensive surgery, her face, wrapped in bandages, is now completely hidden from them, except for two penetrating eyeholes. Gone is the affectionate loving mother and in her place is a chilly controller who barks out orders. As she recovers in their dark recesses of the stark ultramodern designer home, the twins start to question her authenticity, and the audience’s grasp on reality and paranoid fantasy begins to blur. One final warning: the less you know about where this film is heading, the better the experience. — AT