From 7 September 2022 in Italian cinemas with Lucky Red and Universal Pictures International Italy Watcher, an author and female psychological thriller-horror capable of playing with the stylistic features of the genre while carefully developing current social issues (gaslighting, stalking, alienation to name a few). The film marks the talented director’s feature film debut Chloe Okuno and sees the absolute protagonist Maika Monroewhich returns to the genre that made her famous with the iconic and acclaimed It Follows by David Robert Mitchell. Her performance in “Watcher” was highly applauded by Sundance audiences and greeted with rave reviews.
Plot and cast
The official plot: ulia, a young woman, moves to Bucharest to follow her husband in his new job. As she tries to integrate into the new reality, the city is devastated by the murders of a serial killer. Isolated and unable to communicate, she Julia lets herself be influenced by events until she realizes that she is constantly being observed by a man from the building in front of her. Between reality and paranoia, Julia sinks into a real daydream that no one seems to believe. Not even her husband.
The Watcher cast also includes Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman, Gabriela Butuc, Madalina Anea, Tudor Petrut, Cristina Deleanu, Bogdan Farcas, Daniel Nuta, Ioana Abur, Flaviu Crisan, Florian Ghimpu, Alexandru Ion and Aida Economu.
Watcher – trailers and videos
Official trailer in original language released on April 28, 2022
Official Italian trailer released on August 22, 2022
New Italian TV commercials published on 7 September 2022
- Director Chloe Okuno makes her debut after directing short films and the “Storm Drain” segment of the horror anthology V / H / S / 94.
- Chloe Okuno directs “Watcher” from her script written with the New York screenwriter Zack Ford who signed it under the pseudonym of “Carl Young”, active for him the thriller-horror Scar (2007) and drama Girls’ Night Out (2009) which Ford also directed.
- The original script described the events set in Brooklyn, New York.
- Actress and surfer Maika Monroe is best known for starring roles in thrillers The Guest and in horror It Follows. In 2016 she starred in two science fiction films, the sequel Independence Day – Regeneration And The fifth wavealongside Chloë Grace Moretz.
- Principal shooting began on March 8, 2021 and concluded on April 16, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. The making of the film, including the lengthy development phase, took about six years in total.
- The film premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival with many positive reviews and also made a stop at the SXSW Film Festival.
Maika Monroe – Biographical notes
Maika recently finished filming Significant Other by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen for the Paramount Players, of which she is the protagonist, alongside Jake Lacy. Previously, she worked with Nick Cassavetes on God Is A Bullet, opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and with Chloe Okuno in “Watcher”, opposite Karl Glusman. We recently saw her in the Roku Originals series, “The Stranger,” opposite Dane DeHaan and Avan Jogia, and in the film Greta opposite Chloe Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, which premiered at TIFF and distributed by Focus. Additionally, she appeared alongside Timothée Chalamet in Hot Summer Nightsin Tribes Of Palos Verdes with Jennifer Garner and in the thriller Tau. The latter, modestly budgeted and co-starred by Maika, was sold to Netflix and hit the top spot on the platform when it came out in July. Maika also appeared in Wicked-Villains which recently premiered at SXSW, garnering rave reviews (The New York Times called it one of the festival’s best films). Maika made his starring debut in Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price, opposite Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. The film premiered at the Venice, Toronto and Telluride film festivals. Subsequently, Maika starred in the film It Followsdirected by David Robert Mitchell, and in The Guest. “It Follows” premiered at Cannes in 2014, received excellent critical acclaim and was the most successful limited-edition opening film in the US and Canada for 2015. “The Guest ”Premiered at Sundance the same year and was equally well received as a ‘modern 1980s crime novel’.
In making Watcher, I wanted to capture a kind of constant and unpleasant fear that accompanies many women throughout their lives, which is expressed through the character of Julia. Julia moves into an apartment building with her husband and she immediately begins to feel that she is being watched. She understands that this man who watches her is a threat. She hears it very clearly, but the people around her struggle to understand the extent of this threat. It’s a situation that is probably quite familiar to most women. We experience the world differently from humans and when we try to express what we feel, we are often questioned, called paranoid, irrational or overly sensitive, and this can make us begin to doubt ourselves. This has always been the focus of the story, which has evolved dramatically over time since I was chosen to direct it in 2017. Initially, the script was set in New York City, but when it became clear that we were going to shoot the film in Romania , I decided to rewrite it setting it in Bucharest. There are times as a director where practical limits end up being creatively very liberating, this can unlock something extraordinary when you are willing to accept the unexpected. This was one of those times. Suddenly, Julia’s experience as a foreigner in this new city heightens all of her feelings of unease and uncertainty. She finds herself increasingly isolated, unable to speak the language and therefore alienated from everyone around her. Obviously there were parallels while shooting the film in Romania: I could not speak the language, I was often locked in a hotel room in the middle of the pandemic and, often, I struggled with the doubts that a woman has when working in a profession. dominated by men. Fortunately, life hasn’t completely imitated art. I finished the film without any nightmarish descent into ‘Watcher-style’ darkness, hoping all the tension would make its way onto the screen. The directors I admire are the ones who can create exciting language through their craft, translating what they feel into a form that other people can see and experience for themselves. For Watcher I was inspired by the work of David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, Satoshi Kon, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Mary Harron, directors who have distinguished themselves in translating fear, loneliness and alienation. The hope is always that there is someone else who can empathize by telling stories so that we can take comfort in recognizing ourselves in others. Being a person full of anxieties, making films is the best and perhaps the only way I have found to deal with them. I have done my best to portray them honestly in this film and can only hope that those who have experienced similar fears and anxieties will find comfort in knowing they are not alone. [Cloe Okuno]
Chloe Okuno & Zack Ford
Chloe Okuno is a writer / director. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory. She there she received the Franklin J. Shaffner Fellow Award and she directed the award-winning horror short film, Slut. He recently wrote a remake of “Audrey Rose” for Orion Pictures and wrote and directed a segment of the anthology series. V / H / S / 94.
Zack Ford is the author of the infamous Script Magazine article about pretending to be a manager. He later sold the story of “Watcher,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
- The original music for the film is by the Emmy-nominated composer Nathan Halpern (Abortion – The Voice of Women, The Rider – A Cowboy’s Dream, Goldie, Father Soldier Son, Down with the King). Halpern also scored the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Rich Hillthe Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (HBO Films), the documentary films finalists for the 2017 Oscar Hooligan Sparrow And The Witness and the acclaimed Netflix documentary Joan Didion: The center will not hold (New York Film Festival). He was most recently nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award in the category of Best Original Song for “Calling to Me” from the movie One Percent More Humid (Sony Pictures), with Juno Temple and Julia Garner. Her music accompanied new dance works from the London Royal Ballet and the New English Ballet Theater (London). He was commissioned “1913,” a three-hour musical performance / installation presented by Halpern at the Armory in New York City, to commemorate the first International Exhibition of Modern Art.
1. Watcher – Main Title 1:33
2. Moroi 1:08
3. Dejun 1:33
4. Charade 1:01
5. Man in the Window 1:39
6. Surveillance 2:28
7. Deprive 1:15
8. The Museum 2:57
9. Watching 0:57
10. Elvis 1:08
11. Help Me 1:50
12. Vecine 0:53
13. Part 0:54
14. Finish 1:26
15. Metroul 1:26
16. Interzis (Nathan Halpern & Robert Pycior) 0:40
17. Craul 2:24
18. Mort 0:58
19. Theme From Watcher 1:40
The “Watcher” soundtrack is available ”on Amazon.