This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, Raw garnered praise from critics even as it sent others running for the doors with stomachs churning. Now the film is finally set to be released domestically — and after reading the reviews, we're counting down the days until it is in theaters.
Focus Worldwide announced today that Raw will see a domestic theatrical run in select cities starting March 10th, 2017, after which the film will become available on various digital platforms.
Raw is written and directed by Julia Ducournau, and it's her first feature-length film. The graphic coming-of-age tale stars a young, talented cast, with Garance Marillier as Justine, Ella Rumpf as Alexia and Rabah Naït Oufella as Adrien. Below is Raw's official premise:
Garance Marillier portrays the teenaged Justine, who commences her studies at veterinary school to follow in her family members’ footsteps. Raised as a vegetarian, Justine is pressured at school to try meat for the first time. Once she does, she plumbs both the depths of her own soul and tests the limits of her darkest cravings.
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In addition to being the second runner up position for the Midnight Madness People's Choice Award at TIFF, Raw quickly became the talk of the town after festival-goers got wind of the French horror's affect on audiences.
In addition to garnering acclaim at TIFF, Raw won the FIPRESCI Prize -- awarded by an international critics group to films that demonstrate "enterprising filmmaking" -- after being screened at the International Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. It also garnered the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival.
Though the premise of a girl truly experiencing life for the first time is far from novel, exploring it within the context of cannibalism, and with strong feminist undertones, creates a new framework in which Justine's story is told.
Raw might not be for the faint of heart, but I'm glad it's making its way overseas and onto the silver screen.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Raw, in select theaters starting March 10th, 2017.